This is by far the most interesting House race, as it pits three locally prominent Republicans against one another to face a relatively inexperienced Democratic candidate.
Dave Hanson initially ran for this seat in 2000, but withdrew once Osbourne announced his candidacy and went to work for him. He served as the Sr. Ag Advisor for Osbourne and District Director. Probably the favorite in the race due to the popularity of Osbourne.
Adrian Smith has been the NE State Senator for District 48 and is currently serving out his second term there, running unopposed for re-election in 2002. He has also served on the Gering City Council.
Jay Vavricek is the mayor of Grand Island and owner of broadcasting group GI Family Radio.
He was elected with over 70% of the vote in 2002 and obviously has a built in platform to campaign with his radio operation.
Scott Kleebs is the lone Democratic candidate, comes from a ranching background in the Broken Bow area and owns a doctorate in International Relations from Yale.