CLAY COUNTY — In the race for the open state representative seat in District 38, which includes parts of Kearney and Liberty, Republican Doug Richey won for his first term to state office. Richey claimed 57.8 percent of the 9,328 votes cast in Clay County to Democratic challenger Abby Zavos’ 6809 votes.

Richey said he was excited by how many people from Clay County voted.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s definitely an exciting evening,” Richey said after learning the election results Tuesday, Nov. 6. “Right now I’m just grateful for the support of the voters that turned out today in phenomenal numbers. ... We had tremendous numbers of people who participated in the election, that was very exciting to see. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

Richey also said his opponent gave him a congratulatory call.

“I expressed to her my gratitude for a good race between the two of us. I appreciated the way she conducted herself in that race and look forward to making sure we do everything we can to represent the entirety of the 38th district,” he said. “To make sure that we respect and show appreciation, even to those who were supportive of Abby’s effort because it was a noble effort. She did a good job.”

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

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