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Armendariz edges Jackson in close primary race to advance in Omaha’s District 18

By: - May 20, 2022 1:45 pm

Artwork at Douglas County Election Commissioner’s Office. (Cate Folsom/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN — After counting all remaining ballots, the Douglas County Election Office said Friday that Christy Armendariz has unofficially won the right to face off with Michael Young in the November election in northwest Omaha’s 18th legislative district.

Armendariz edged Clarice Jackson by 21 votes after provisional ballots were counted Friday, according to Election Commissioner Brian Kruse.

 Young led the voting, with 2,498 votes. Armendariz tallied 2,379 to Jackson’s 2,358.

“It appears that we’re headed for a recount,” Kruse said.

 State law requires a recount if the difference between candidates is less than 1% of the total votes for the top vote-getter, which in this case would be 25 votes. A candidate can always refuse a recount, Kruse said.

Armendariz, who works in the health care field, had been endorsed by the current representative in District 18, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, as well as Kirk Penner of Aurora, a member of the State Board of Education. Jackson, who runs a teaching program, was endorsed by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon and State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan.

Young, who runs an art gallery and tech company, was endorsed by the state teacher’s union, State Sen. John McCollister and the Omaha Federation of Labor.

Kruse said the vote totals, while final, are not official until the county and state canvassing boards certify them. The state canvassing board, which would order a recount, meets June 6.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.

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