The race for Dodge County District 4 remained close throughout the night. At one point, with about 75 percent of the vote recorded, only five votes separated Dodge County District 4 incumbent supervisor Terry Synovec from his challenger David Saalfeld.
“I won’t be able to sleep until I find out the actual results. It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans,” Saalfeld remarked about the narrow gap. He added, “I’m a little nervous. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to compete in an election of this caliber.”
At the same time in another part of Fremont, Synovec watched intently as election results updated.
“The day has been very stressful,” he said. “And I appreciate everyone who puts their name the ring. I truly respect everyone that does.”
In the end Saalfeld pulled ahead, taking the majority of District 4 with 340 votes (54 percent). Synovec came in at 286 votes (45 percent).
The County Clerk election office stated that the results are unofficial until they go to the canvassing board which will occur Thursday. Official result will be released sometime afterwards.
“I’m very excited,” Saalfeld stated over the phone after hearing the results. “It feels good.”
He thanked Synovec for the good race.
“I think that the public recognizes his time in service,” Saalfeld said. “And I look forward to learning a lot.”
Saalfeld said he has never met Synovec but would appreciate any advice he can offer.
Before he officially takes office, Saalfeld plans to attend the majority of the board meeting to educate himself on the issues he might be facing in the supervisor chair. As for celebrating his win, Saalfeld said he had several people thank, but would be returning to work the day after the election.
Saalfeld has previously expressed some of his ideas moving forward with his position on the board. He said he sees a bright future for Dodge County, because of the people and their work ethic.
As for his stance on the proposed poultry operation, Saalfeld said: “I think that a business of that sort would be a great fit to the county in regards to opportunity and growth to the area. When an opportunity arises, it’s best to take advantage of it. You never know when, or if, the next one will come along. This project presents far too many opportunities to ignore.”
“Nebraska’s economy is founded in agriculture and Dodge County is a major player … It’s what we do best … and nothing would further that cause more than area farmers having the opportunity to partner with Lincoln Premium Poultry in raising chickens. It’s of particular interest to area farm families looking for another way to bring their children back into the farming operation.”
Following up with the incumbent, Synovec expresses his regards to the winner.
“Congratulation to him, absolutely,” Synovec said. “I feel I’ve done a pretty good job in the last three years. But I understand the public has spoken. … I felt I was the better candidate and a valuable member on the board.”
He explained that he felt the people of North Bend wanted someone local to represent their city and they chose Saalfeld.
As for future political aspirations, Synovec remained uncertain.
“Once you lose an election like this, it’s hard to say,” he said.
Synovec said he believes the results of the election can be attributed to the low voter turnout, which he thought would be higher.