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Rachel Garver on Tuesday became the first woman elected as Lancaster County treasurer and will become the first Democrat to serve in that office in almost 40 years.

"I am thrilled to death to be the woman who broke that glass ceiling," said Garver, as election results arrived early in the evening, confirming her victory.

"I'm really thankful to everyone for having the confidence to help me win this election. I am truly honored that the voters have selected me."

Both Garver and Republican opponent Matt Schulte focused on their own professional backgrounds and reputations for honesty in the race to replace current treasurer Andy Stebbing.

Stebbing, who had been charged with multiple felonies related to privately selling used cars, lost to Schulte in the Republican primary.

Stebbing, who has served as county treasurer for two terms, recently pleaded guilty to reduced charges, three misdemeanor counts.

Garver, 59, will become just the second Democrat to serve as Lancaster County treasurer since the 1930s, the earliest available records. Frank Golden, the county treasurer from 1971-79, was the only other Democrat to hold the office.

Garver, who is a manager with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln student accounts office, will take over an office with a staff of 40 people that handles all deposits and tax receipts, invests county funds and handles motor vehicle registration, titles and license plates.

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Garver will join County Engineer Pam Dingman, as the only women to lead Lancaster County agencies headed by elected officials.

Three of the five Lancaster County commissioners are also women: Roma Amundson, Deb Schorr and Jennifer Brinkman.

Election results

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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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