A former state senator and 15 others, including a David City insurance executive who recently sought the job, are seeking to replace Lavon Heidemann on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Heidemann to be his lieutenant governor Feb. 13, leaving open the District 5 regents seat Heidemann won in November.
Among the 16 candidates for the seat is Mike Jones, the insurance executive Heidemann defeated last fall, and former state Sen. Roger Wehrbein, a farmer and livestock producer from Plattsmouth.
Jen Rae Hein, the governor’s spokeswoman, said Heineman will name a regent within "a few weeks."
Whoever Heineman chooses to fill the open seat will need to seek election in November 2014 if he or she wants to fill the remaining four years of Heidemann’s six-year term.
The other applicants for Heidemann’s seat are:
* Janice Bostelman of Brainard, who is involved in engineering and farming.
* Craig Buescher of South Bend, a farmer.
* Leon Deunk of Cortland, a business owner.
* Steve Glenn of Pawnee City, owner of Executive Travel.
* Sara York Kenney of Eagle, a retired accounting professional.
* Susan Meyerly of Lincoln, a speaker, author and therapist.
* Janet A. Palmtag of Nebraska City, a real estate broker.
* George Pinkerton of Beatrice, who’s involved in landscape maintenance.
* Mike Powers of Palmyra, a draftsman.
* Barton Dean Ruth of Rising City, a farmer.
* Robert M. Schafer of Beatrice, an attorney and farmer.
* Ben Steffen of Humboldt, a dairy and grain producer.
* Bradley Worman of Nelson, an agricultural bank loan officer.
* Susan Wurtele of Plattsmouth, who’s involved in education.