Know your ballot: Hastings City Council Ward 3

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For those who have not cast their vote yet in Hastings, there is still a chance to decide who will represent them in the City Council. The seat for Ward 3 is open to two newcomers.

Joy Huffaker and Willis Hunt are both after the ward three seat on the Hastings City Council. The ward includes the 16th Street viaduct, Hastings High School, and the lake neighborhoods. Both candidates have things they want to see change on the council.

Huffaker and Hunt recognize the viaduct as a priority issue for voters.

“Repairing is what needs to be done and frankly there are a lot of businesses and also the safety of the city itself in particular those who live in the third ward are affected by its closure,” Hunt said.

If the measure on the ballot to replace the viaduct doesn’t pass Hunt and Huffaker said they will work with the public on how to take the next steps.

“My job would be to listen to them and represent for their best interest,” Huffaker said. “I would meet with whoever would want to talk to me about it and make the decision that is best for everybody that is involved.”

Hunt said Huffaker is not very different from him on their views on the issues but he has experience in city government that could benefit him. He served on the council in the 1980′s and was the city engineer. Huffaker has lived in Hastings for nearly five years and for six years has owned Eldon’s Automotive with her husband. As a small business owner, she believes she can bring young and fresh ideas to the council.

“For me I wish to represent them and for them to come to me and say ‘we’d like to see this happen’ and there have been people who have already talked to me about things they would like to see happen,” Hunt said.

Huffaker wants to focus on infrastructure and hopes the transportation study can point out areas that need attention.

“I am hoping that will shine some light on the problems over there,” Huffaker said. “Libs park there is no crossing from Libs park over to the YMCA for the children to cross safely.”

Both say they are willing to work with the council and public to make changes to better Hastings. Voters who want to vote by mail have just two more days to request an absentee ballot. Applications and ballots can be returned by mail to dropped at the county ballot box.

Joy Huffaker and Willis Hunt are both after the ward three seat of the Hastings City Council.
Joy Huffaker and Willis Hunt are both after the ward three seat of the Hastings City Council.(KSNB)

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