Todd Wiltgen announced he is running for re-election to the County Board, representing District 5, which is northeastern Lancaster County. 

Wiltgen, who is serving his first four-year term, said his focus has been to increase transparency and accountability while identifying and implementing efficiencies in county government.

"This has allowed us to make meaningful investments in public safety and infrastructure,” said Wiltgen, a Republican, in a news release announcing his candidacy.

“I have also fought to protect property taxpayers from unfunded mandates.”

County offices are elected on a partisan basis, with voters selecting candidates from each party in the May primary. Three of the five County Board seats are part of the 2018 election cycle.  

Wiltgen is chairman of the board and has served on a number of boards and committees as a part of his duties as county commissioner. 

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Among his accomplishments, Wiltgen listed reforming the county budget process, instituting service-based budgeting that provides more transparency and identifies the true cost of county services, and reducing the county property tax levy to the lowest level in more than a decade.

He also worked with state lawmakers to protect funding for the state disability program — loss of the program would have cost Lancaster County taxpayers more than $1 million annually through general assistance. He also helped reactivate the Justice Council to improve public safety and explore alternatives to incarceration.

Wiltgen said he increased the county engineer’s budget $4 million over the last three years, and hired additional sheriff deputies and county correctional officers during his tenure.

Wiltgen said he "will continue to bring my common-sense governing approach to provide the right level of services given the limited resources available.”

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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