Mike Groene gets reelected as District 42 State Senator

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Incumbent Mike Groene has been reelected as State Senator for District #42.

Groene faced Judy Pederson who mounted a write-in campaign to be on this ballot.

Groene received 67.03% of the vote (8,130).
Pederson received 32.68% of the vote (3,964).

On Tuesday night Groene told KNOP, "I am humbled by the overwhelming support we've received from the voters today and I am ready to move forward to accomplish what the citizens of Lincoln county want done."

KNOP asked Mike Groene some questions about his campaign and his responses are below.

What makes you the best candidate?
" I represent the citizens not the Lobby or special interest and I am NOT doing this for personal gain, I look at seeking public office as being a public service," said Groene.

What will be the first thing you do once elected?
"Continue as I am now doing, working on the complicated legislation needed to address property taxes through school funding," said Groene.

How will you plan and fund state growth?
"If the state grows it should fund itself. Our first problem is keeping hard working Nebraskans from leaving due to burdensome taxes.we are the third highest taxed people in the Nation, we can not continue to be so," said Groene.

What are your funding priorities?
"We adequately fund all of government. we need to slow the growth down and stop expanding government into our private lives," said Groene.