Lancaster County Engineer Pam Dingman will be seeking a second term in the 2018 elections.

The Republican was appointed to the position in 2013 and elected for a four-year term in 2014.

“Serving the citizens of Lancaster County is an honor and a responsibility I continue to take very seriously,” Dingman said in a news release announcing her re-election campaign.

“My focus will continue to be on three primary areas of this office: modernization, efficiency and pavement.”

During Dingman’s term she created a pavement condition-rating system that is used to prioritize asphalt overlays.

In addition, she also created inspection systems for pipe culverts and box culverts. These systems enable the county engineer to focus on replacing the worst pipe culverts and box culverts first.

The county engineer’s office has also implemented the use of a GPS radio system that does not require a monthly data fee. The system has allowed the engineer's office to choose routes efficiently and save fuel. In addition, safety features of the system have provided exact locations of workers in emergency situations, according to the news release.

During Dingman’s current term, Lancaster County experienced the worst flooding since 1908. The county was able to quickly repair important roads and bridges under Dingman's leadership and management, according to the news release. 

Dingman has persistently sought additional funds from the County Board for road and bridge work.

The county engineer is one of 11 county elected offices that will be part of the 2018 statewide election. 

There will be at least three races where incumbents will not be seeking re-election. 

Rob Ogden, a deputy county assessor, has announced he will be running for the county assessor's job. Current County Assessor Norm Agena has announced his retirement.

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County Attorney Joe Kelly has been nominated as U.S. Attorney for Nebraska by President Donald Trump and will not be seeking re-election if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

County Commissioner Bill Avery has indicated he likely won't run for re-election. Sean Flowerday, a local business executive and former public safety worker, has announced he is a candidate for that seat. 

County officials are elected on a partisan basis, with voters selecting a Democrat candidate and a Republican candidate in the primary to advance to the November general election. 

Dingman is a licensed professional engineer who has a 25-year career as a practicing civil engineer in the private and public sectors.

She has experience as a project engineer, project manager and CEO of engineering companies.

She is the recipient of several professional and leadership awards, including the Society of Women Engineers Entrepreneur Award in 2013, University of Nebraska Young Alumni of the Year in 2008, and ABWA Top Ten Business Women in America in 2006.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7250 or nhicks@journalstar.com

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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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