State Legislature District 38: Murman vs. Fangmeyer

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 3:48 PM CDT
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Dave Murman and Marsha Fangmeyer are running for the State Legislature District 38 seat being vacated by John Kuehn. District 38 includes Southwest Buffalo County plus Phelps, Kearney, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls and Clay counties.

Dave Murman

Political Party: Republican

Hometown: Glenvil, NE

Current City: Glenvil, NE

Marsha Fangmeyer

Political Party: Democrat

Hometown: Deshler

Current City: North of Minden

Previous work experience:

-B.S. High Distinction UNL Agriculture and minored in Political Science

-Sandy Creek School Board

-Former EMT Glenvil Fire and Rescue

-President NE State Dairy Assn

-President NE Dairy Improvement Assn

-National Resolutions Cte Dairy Farmers of America

-LEAD IX graduate

-NE Farm Bureau St. Legislative Policy Cte.


I have practiced law for 39 years, first in Beatrice at Legal Aid. In 1985 I joined a law firm in Kearney which is now Fangmeyer, Aschwege & Besse. I practice in central Nebraska.

Family/family background:

I grew up on diversified farm where I now live. I farm in partnership with brother, Jim. One brother, Larry was killed in a traffic accident in 1971. I have three sisters, Donna Meyer, Dee Murman, and Peg Engberg. The former Kathy Hinrichs and I where married in 1977. We have three children. Kelsi is married to Grant Hewitt. They live in Fort Worth, TX and have our four grandchildren. Whitney lives at home with us and is disabled with RETT syndrome. Chase lives in Hollywood, CA


I am married to Jim Wiest, retired from Hastings college as Professor and Academic Dean. We have two children, Jonathan in Austin and Amber in Omaha. I grew up in Deshler, first on a farm and then in town. My father was a road grader. My mother died when I was 3 leaving 6 children, 4 under the age of 10. I am the youngest of a hard working group. I am proud of my siblings, and grateful that I was raised by siblings, step mother, aunts and uncles.

What was your very first job?

My first job was the summer out of H.S. at the M.A.R.C. at Clay Center. It was probably the first or second year they were in operation.


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What life achievements are you most proud of?

Other than spiritual or family matters, I am most proud of the successful dairy I managed for almost 40 years. When I sold out, it had been no. 1 in NE in milk production for dairies over 200 cows milking twice a day.


I am proud of getting my education and my career as a lawyer. I am proud of representing the lawyers of Nebraska as their president is 2013. I am proud of being a rural Nebraskan and a member of a great family.

What would be the first thing you do once elected?

After thanking family, friends, and Christ Jesus I will work to reform the broken tax system and method of financing education in NE. Property Taxes are way out of control and the TEOSA formula no longer works fairly or as it should.


Property tax relief and a redoing the system for school funding -- this is what folks in the 38th district tell me is important. I will work with all senators, and expect all idea to be on the table. Other issues include unreasonable regulations, housing, economic development, health care and better access to the internet.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

As a third generation farmer and lifelong resident of district 38, I understand firsthand the damaging impact extreme property taxes are having on our rural economy and schools. I want to promote policies that support small business and new jobs that encourage young people to stay in NE and raise their families here.


I have 39 years of experience in listening, learning, advocating and mediating. I will get up early, work hard and be civil to all. My door, e-mail, and phone will be open to all in the 38th district.