Sheriff race develops in Butler County

March 23, 2018 GMT

The office of Butler County Sheriff will see a race in the May 9 primary election and general election this year.

Sheriff Marcus Siebken has filed for re-election. He was elected in 2014 in a three-person race following the sudden death of longtime Sheriff Mark Hecker. Siebken faces Travis Prokupek of Shelby on the Republican primary ticket.

Former sheriff’s deputy Tom Dion, who moved on to working for the City of David City, has filed on the Democratic side.

The contests for Butler County Board of Supervisors includes one race so far.

There will be some change in District 7, where one-term Supervisor Dave Potter did not file for re-election. Irvin Cidlik of Dwight, a longtime former supervisor defeated by Potter in 2014’s primary, has filed as a Democrat, as did challenger Cyril J. Urbanek of Ulysses. Anthony Whitmore of Dwight has filed as a Republican.

In District 1 County Board Chairman Dave Mach is uncontested as a Republican.

In District 3, incumbent Kevin Slama filed as a Democrat, and District 5 Supervisor Scott Steager, who also works as the county’s emergency management director, filed as a Republican

Incumbents in other county offices have filed:

County Assessor Vickie Donoghue, Republican; County Attorney Julie Reiter, R; County Clerk Vicki Truksa, County Surveyor Brian Foral, County Treasurer Karey Adamy.

Recently appointed Clerk of the District Court Sandy Hoeft has filed as a Republican.

David City

On the city ticket, Mayor Alan Zavodny has filed to seek a third term.

City Council incumbents also have filed: Thomas Kobus, Ward 1; Kevin Hotovy, Ward 2; and John Vandenberg, Ward 3.


There will be new faces on the David City Public Schools Board. Incumbents Stephanie Summers and Nathan Olson filed for re-election, leaving one spot still unfilled. In order for the names to be on the ballot, seven candidates would need to file.

In the East Butler Public Schools District, no names were filed for board seats in the north, south and middle wards. The board was reduced to six members following the merger with Prague Public Schools in 2010.

Jan Bostelman, Mark Janak and Marlene Wade, the current vice president, decided not to file for re-election.

In the Shelby-Rising City Public Schools District, incumbents Jeff Kuhnel and Chris Whitmore filed for re-election, while Jennifer Belt did not file to run for another term. There are three open seats.


Township board members and village board of trustees will appear on the general election ballot.

Township filings: All are incumbents unless otherwise noted.

Franklin: Lane Sabata.

Linwood: Randy Semrad, Kirk Marushak, Alexander Hays.

Olive Township: Dan Homan, Bob Jones, Jeremy Coufal.

Plum Creek: Carol Bohuslavsky, B.J. Matulka,

Summit : Don Carley, Frank Fichtl

No filings were received in these townships: Bone Creek, Center, Platte, Read, Reading, Richardson, Savannah, Skull Creek, Ulysses and Union.

These village board candidates have filed so far:

Octavia Lavern H. Beringer and John W. Ehlers, non-incumbent.

Rising City: Heath P. Vrbka and Richard Amsler.