Geneva mayor running for Nebraska Public Service Commission

GENEVA, NE — A southeast Nebraska mayor is running for a state office that’s been held by the same person for nearly 30 years.

Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler announced Wednesday that he is running for the District Four spot on the Public Service Commission. The district covers 34 counties in eastern Nebraska.

Kamler says he’s motivated to run because of the Commission’s role in expanding rural broadband access.

“We’re coming up at a very critical time for (broadband expansion) in our state," Kamler said. "With $40 million being allocated from the State of Nebraska over the next two years. I think that money needs to be spent very wisely.”

Rod Johnson of Sutton was first elected to the district four position in 1992 and is still serving. It is unclear if he is seeking reelection again. Kamler says it’s time for a new face on the board.

“I know (Johnson) has served the constituents well, but after 30 years, I think it’s time for a change in leadership here," Kamler said.

Kamler says he plans to campaign by appearing in parades, hosting town hall meetings and going door-to-door.

Commissioners serve six year terms. Both Kamler and Johnson are Republicans, so they would compete in a primary election next year.