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Don Schuller and Myron Dorn are running for the State Legislature District 30 seat being vacated by Roy Baker. District 30 covers Gage County and Southeast Lancaster County including the towns of Bennet, Roca, Hickman, Firth and Panama.
Political Party: Democrat
Hometown: Wymore, NE
Current City: Wymore, NE
Political Party: Republican
Hometown: Adams, NE
Current City: Adams, NE
Previous work experience:
Throughout my life I've had to work multiple jobs while maintaining the family farm in order to provide for my family. For 30 years, I worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service as an engineering technician, helping farmers solve their erosion problems. This gave me great experience working with people from all backgrounds and compromising to reach effective solutions. I continue to farm the same land I was raised on, and operate my small business, Schuller Conservation, where I perform survey and design work for ag land owners.
Lifetime farmer, member of Firth coop board for 20 years, 12 as chairman. Member of Dorchester board for 2 1/2 years. Currently serving on Gage County Board of Supervisors. The last 3 as chairman.
Schuller: Early on, my parents taught me the values of hard work, personal responsibility, and giving back to the community. I grew up watching my parents and neighbors treat each other like family. My dad was a farmer, a railroader, and a Korean war vet. He had to work full-time while farming in order to make ends meet. My mom took care of the cow herd, feeding and delivering calves. She always made sure the herd was well cared for. They were two of the hardest working people that you would ever meet.
Dorn: Wife Julie, she has worked at Bryan hospital for 40 years. Son Kyle and his wife Andrea. They have a daughter and a son. Our daughter Erin is a Physician assistant at the Beatrice Hospital. I grew up in family of 4 boys. I have lived in Gage county all my life.
What was your very first job?
Schuller: For as long as I can remember I was working with for my dad on the farm and helping neighbors put up hay! Aside from this, my first job was working for the Soil Conservation Service after I graduated from high school.
Dorn: Farmer. Started farming while attending the University of Nebraska Ag college.
What life achievements are you most proud of?
Schuller: I am most proud to have raised a great son with high moral values, a strong work ethic and respect for others. Aside from this, I am very proud of what I accomplished throughout my career, surveying and designing many miles of terraces, waterways and tile outlets throughout Gage and Saline County. All of this has helped keep our water clean and our soil in place.
Dorn:My family. I would not be able to do the things I am doing now without the strong support of my wife. It has been enjoyable to watch our children grow and reach the success that they have. And now what a joy to watch our grandchildren grow. Also I have been a EMT on the Adams rescue squad for over 30 years and have been able to give back to the community.
What would be the first thing you do once elected?
Schuller: Lower property taxes and find new sources of revenue to ensure that we maintain funding for the vital services we all rely on. Property taxes are the #1 concern across the state, but especially in Gage County due to the Beatrice 6 judgement. I believe the state has a responsibility to help with this judgement, and if elected, I will fight to make sure that Gage County gets the aid it deserves.
Dorn: Listen. Listen to the people of the 30th district. Listen to the members of the legislature so that I can learn as much as possible.
Why should voters choose you in this election?
Schuller: I know first-hand the struggles that working families face, which will allow me to be an effective advocate for them in the Legislature. Furthermore, I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner to get things done. My career with the NRCS and experience with groups like the Gage Co. Taxpayers Organization has shown me just how much we can accomplish if we work together and approach things reasonably. I plan on bringing this work ethic to the Capitol, and will be a strong, independent leader.
Dorn: I believe that my experience serving on the county board will be a valuable asset to have serving in the legislature. My leadership ability while working with boards and the public, will help in getting things accomplished will in the legislature.