Lancaster County Commissioner Vest announces his intention to run for office | Local government


Rick Vest, who was new to politics when he was elected to the Lancaster County Board of Directors in 2018, announced on Tuesday he would stand for re-election.

The retired BNSF Railroad employee, a Democrat, represents District 5, which includes northeast Lincoln, Waverly and northeast Lancaster County.

Vest, elected chairman of the county board this year, said he was looking to be re-elected to stand up for everyday families.

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“After the last few years as a county commissioner, I understand what it takes to get the job done.”

Vest said his proudest accomplishments include drastically reducing the number of closed bridges in the county, advocating for a financially responsible budget and building consensus among his colleagues.

Vest sits on the Lincoln-Lancaster Keno / Human Services Advisory Board, is chairman of the Railroad Transportation Safety District, chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is the county council’s representative to the Justice Council, which coordinates planning efforts within the system criminal justice.

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In addition to his work as County Commissioner, Vest is part of the First-Plymouth Church Hospital Visiting Team, has been a youth basketball coach for the Martyrs of North America and was a lay lecturer in The United Methodist Church.


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