District 23

Vern Barrett vs. Jerry Johnson

Vern Barrett is running against Jerry Johnson for the District 23 seat now held by Sen. Chris Langemeier in the Nebraska Legislature. Langemeir cannot run again because of term limits.

Vern Barrett

Hometown: Ceresco, Neb.

Contact: 402-443-3437, vernbarrett@futuretk.com

Barrett’s campaign Website

Social media: Facebook 

Vern Barrett holds a master’s and doctorate degree in agriculture education from Penn State University.  Barrett is a retired professor of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was a Leadership Development Specialist for UNL Extension. Barrett has been a consultant for U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections; he is part of team that is training prison employees on how to be better leaders.  He and his wife, Nancy, have six children and have hosted seven foreign exchange students.

Jerry Johnson

Hometown: Wahoo, Neb.

Contact: 402-499-6394, johnsonforlegislature@gmail.com

Johnson’s campaign Website

Social media: Facebook

Jerry Johnson has been the mayor of Wahoo since 2009.  He attended Luther College for two years.  Johnson, a retired businessman, was manager of Farmers Cooperatives in Dorchester, McCook and Shelby.  He was formerly a Wahoo City Council member and also was a member of Planning and Zoning Boards for Saline County, McCook and Wahoo.  He and his wife, Arlene, have two children.

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Johnson emphasizes background in solving problems; Barrett in teaching people to solve problems

Omaha World-Herald reports:  Both candidates tout leadership backgrounds and address different problems as top issues. 
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Candidates agree on Medicaid, illegal immigration

Lincoln Journal Star reports:  Barrett and Johnson both support expanding Medicaid coverage and pressing the federal government to handle illegal immigration.   
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Barrett and Johnson answer questions from high school students, community, each other

The Ashland Gazette reports:   The candidates addressed the drought, the economy, education costs, state senator’s pay, campaign donors and more at a forum in Ashland on Oct. 22.
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Candidates address gay marriage, natural resources and more at Wahoo forum

Wahoo Newspaper reports:  Johnson and Barrett oppose legislation that would permit gay marriage and support efforts to conserve the state’s natural resources.  They differ on how to handle Nebraska’s expressway system.  
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 Barrett and Johnson talk about problems the state faces

Fremont Tribune reports:  Barrett lists the foster care system as one of the problems in Nebraska, and Johnson says an inefficient national government is part of the problem.
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Johnson received 3,318 votes in the May primary, Barrett 2,615

Columbus Telegram reports:  Barrett and Johnson advanced past Jack Pokorny from Schyler in the race to replace Sen. Chris Langemeier.
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Johnson a Republican; Barrett a Democrat

Lincoln Journal Star reports:  Johnson said he is running because of a passion to serve citizens; Barrett said he is running because of the need for an experienced leader.
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Barrett’s race funding

Follow the money reports: Barrett has raised $26,229.
See the full list of contributors: followthemoney.org

Johnson’s race funding

Follow the money reports: Johnson has raised $37,549.
See the full list of contributors: followthemoney.org

Barrett’s political positions

Project Vote Smart reports: Summaries of Barrett’s stances on key issues.
Get the full text: votesmart.org

Johnson’s political positions

Project Vote Smart reports: Summaries of Johnson’s stances on key issues.
Get the full text: votesmart.org

Compiled by Liz Lachnit


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