|Voters pick Christensen over Baker|
By Jan Rahn
Perkins County voters chose Senator Mark Christensen, incumbent senator in the 44th Legislative District, over his opponent, former senator Tom Baker. Christensen received 754 unofficial votes, while Baker received 308.
Christensen was elected in Baker’s place in 2006 when Baker was forced out due to term limits after serving eight years.
Citing the water issue as the driving force of the economy of southwest Nebraska, Christensen tackled the difficult issue while serving in the legislature the past four years, fighting to keep local control and allow natural resources districts to have input on rules and regulations.
During a pre-election forum held in Grant on Oct. 20, Christensen touted his stance on pro-life issues and second amendment gun rights in addition to pointing to the significant passage of his LB701 water bill.
As a member of the Executive Committee, Christensen said he has already proposed some budget cutting ideas.