- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

TARNOV, Neb. (AP) - A Tarnov husband and wife are competing for an elected position on the village’s board of trustees.

The Columbus Telegram (https://bit.ly/1WvAcaO ) reports that Terry and Tina Classen are running against each other and a third candidate, Kathy Krigs, for two openings on Tarnov’s village board.

“We wanted to get more involved in the community,” Terry Classen said. “Seemed like a good way to start.”

In small villages such as Tarnov, a married couple serving on the same board is fairly typical. The board also includes another married couple, a father and son, and Terry Classen’s brother-in-law.

“It’s such a small community that everyone just takes their turn,” Tina Classen said.

The Classens say they tend to agree on every issue.

“We agree on everything,” Tina Classen said. “We have so much in common. We come from big families, our parents probably raised us the same way. … we’re just so much alike.”

They say they’re both concerned about the aging, small community, but have various ways they’d like to revitalize it.

“Tarnov’s such a small community that we want to make sure it doesn’t die,” Tina Classen said. “We want to make sure that people stay here and that the town doesn’t become deserted.”

Terry Classen is focused on building up business, while Tina Classen concentrates more on creating social ties in the community through events.

Terry Classen has lived in Tarnov since 1994, and Tina Classen moved to Tarnov three years ago. The couple met online and has been married about 18 months.

Even if one of the Classens doesn’t get elected, the couple will be working together on projects to improve the town.

“We cheer each other on,” Tina Classen said. “So when it comes time for voting I’ll ask myself, ‘Hmm, do I vote for myself or do I vote for him?’”


Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com



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