- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A veteran Hall County board chairman’s daughter is running for a county board seat of her own.

Shanell McCabe, daughter of chairman Scott Arnold, filed Tuesday for the District 6 Hall County board seat, which is currently held by Supervisor Gary Quandt.

McCabe and Quandt, both of whom are Republicans, will compete in the May primary election for a chance to run against Democrat Brian Whitecalf in the November general election.

“I would like to be a positive voice, part of a positive leadership for the community,” McCabe said. “I believe the people of Hall County deserve to have a board of supervisors that is honest, trustworthy, works together and provides solid leadership.”

McCabe told The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/1LXaKoz ) that her father’s 18 years of service on the county board inspired her decision to run for office, but he didn’t encourage her to do so.

“I was a little concerned that people might think I was just running to be a voice for my dad, but I want to be clear - and my dad will tell you - I am not afraid to make my own decisions,” McCabe said. “I like to research and investigate and make an informed decision … and I’m not afraid to disagree with my dad.”

Her motivation is to get involved with the community and to represent the district, she said.

McCabe attended Grand Island Senior High School, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Boise State University. She worked as a certified nurse’s assistant at the Grand Island Veterans Home until about six months ago, when she had her second daughter, and now she stays at home with her children.

The filing deadline to appear on the 2016 primary and general election ballots was Tuesday.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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