Large Voter Turnout Expected Locally

NORFOLK- Local officials are expecting a large voter turnout today, Election Day 2012. Madison County Clerk Nancy Scheer says the highest percentage voter turnout in Madison County in the last 30 years was 73% in 1992, and she expects to approach that this year. In addition to a close race for U.S. Senate between Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey, voters in Norfolk will decide among a full slate of candidates for school board, city council and mayor. Six candidates are seeking three positions on the Norfolk Public School Board. Incumbents are Clark Froehlich, Alfredo Ramirez and Joel Carlson. Challengers are Sandy Wolfe, Bob Waite and Arnie Robinson. For Mayor, incumbent Sue Fuchtman is challenged by long-time city councilman Dave Fauss. For City Council from Ward One, Dick Pfeil is running unopposed. In Ward 2, Bill Hattery is challenging incumbent Jim Lange. In Ward 3, Josh Moenning and Jim Miller are vying for an open seat. And in Ward 4, incumbent Thad Murren is challenged by Libby McKay. Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those with early ballots are reminded that they must be returned to the clerk's office before the polls close tonight. Election coverage begins at 8 a.m. on WJAG, 105.9 FM, and will also be carried on 106KIX - that's 106.7 FM - at the conclusion of the state football playoff game between Norfolk Catholic and Fort Calhoun. Coverage can also be heard online at