Protect Nebraska Children
Political Action Committee
State Candidates
Marni Hodgen
Nebraska State School Board District 8

I'm an Omaha native and attended Roncalli Catholic High School. I received my bachelor of arts degree from Doane College and shortly after graduation I traded the Omaha's Old Market for the city of Chicago. There I pursued an education in massage therapy and have been a licensed massage therapist since 2006. My husband and I have three sons who keep us young and active.

I've been very vocal in my opposition to comprehensive sex education and critical race theory at SBOE meetings. I'm running for State Board of Education to be a voice for the 90% of parents who do not want the standards. I'm also fighting for our Nebraska children. It is imperative we protect their hearts, minds, and innocence. When elected I will redirect the board's focus back to education and student achievement. I will push for transparency among the state and local levels, including curriculum transparency. I support local control and hope to inspire and empower parents to take an active stance in their children's education.

Elizabeth Tegtmeier
Nebraska State School Board District 7

I was born and raised in North Platte and my husband and I have chosen to raise our five children in North Platte. I am a certified English teacher with a Bachelor's degree from UNL and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from UNK. I am a proud Republican and have experience as a public and home educator.

When elected, I will seek to improve the statewide student proficiency in core subjects, support local control in education, and work to recruit and retain qualified teachers. I am opposed to comprehensive sex ed and critical race theory.

My mission on the board is to work together with fellow Nebraskans to create a dynamic and rigorous educational environment that equips all Nebraska children to become responsible citizens who understand their freedoms and capitalize on opportunities.

Sherry Jones
Nebraska State School Board District 6

I grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska, am married to Steve, and am blessed with four adult children and six grandchildren. I am a retired educator of 35 years, all with the Grand Island Public Schools. During that time, I worked with children having special needs, taught language arts to sixth graders, and finished my career as an elementary school counselor.

I am running for the State Board of Education, District 6, to provide a conservative voice for children, parents, and taxpayers. We need education which is protective of children’s hearts, minds and bodies, congruent with the will of parents, and mindful of the resources provided by taxpayers.

Kirk Penner
Nebraska State School Board District 5

Kirk Penner is a proud Nebraskan! He was born in York, NE. His family moved to Aurora, NE when he was 7 years old where he attended Aurora Public Schools. Upon graduation, Kirk played basketball at Nebraska Wesleyan University and earned his bachelors degree in Business Administration. Soon after, Kirk moved back to Aurora to take a sales position at his family company, Penner Patient Care. Kirk married his wife, Jennifer and they raised their two children who enjoyed participating in sports and other activities in the Aurora Public Schools.

Kirk later became the Vice President and more recently, the President of Penner Patient Care (now Penner Bathing) and Penner Manufacturing. Penner proudly designs, manufactures and sells bathing systems to long-term care facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. The family company was started in the basement of his parents’ home in 1980. Now a leading bathing company for the last 40+ years. Penner now also develops walk-in baths that help people with physical limitations bathe safely at home.

Kirk has always been very involved with his community and served faithfully for 16 years on the Aurora Public School Board and is currently President of the Aurora Development Corporation.

The direction in which the public school system has taken has been increasingly troubling to Kirk. As a member of his local school board, he saw first-hand how schools were losing local control and were frustrated with mandates coming from Lincoln. Kirk’s goal is to return local control to school districts in the entire State and to encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education.

Kathy Wilmot
Nebraska State Board of Regents

Kathy Wilmot is a 6th-generation Nebraskan. She and her husband Wes resides near Beaver City where they raised their children. Their sons graduated from Beaver City Public School and their daughter graduated from Nebraska Christian, Central City. The Wilmot’s have been blessed with 10 grandchildren.

Kathy began her career teaching in Nebraska’s public schools. After serving MNMRS as Area Director, Kathy was employed at Norton Correctional Facility (NCF) as Training Officer responsible for developing all training for employees. Later as Accreditation Manager for NCF she was responsible for guiding the facility to National Accreditation from the American Correctional Association.

After being a member of Eagle Forum for many years, Kathy now serves as At-Large Director on the Board of Eagle Forum. As President of Nebraska Eagle Forum, Kathy assists with a newsletter and monitors legislation in Nebraska.

Kathy served 2 terms on the Nebraska State Board of Education (1995-2002), representing District 7. She consistently advocated for local district control, parental rights, fiscal accountability and academic education.

“Together we can make a difference for college students, increase accountability of taxpayer dollars flowing to the University of Nebraska and work to meet the needs of Nebraskans! I would appreciate your vote.” - Kathy

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