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Her opponent stopped campaigning months ago, but state Sen. Kate Bolz says she's still knocking on doors and working toward re-election in south-central Lincoln's Legislative District 29.

Melody Vaccaro, an activist for gun control and abortion access, suspended her campaign after losing the May primary by a nearly 6-to-1 margin.

Both candidates advanced to the Nov. 8 general election, however, and both names still appear on ballots because Vaccaro never formally dropped out.

"People can vote for how they believe," Vaccaro said. "I do think Sen. Bolz will represent the district well over the next four years.”

Bolz is a sixth-generation Nebraskan who grew up on a family farm outside of Palmyra. She is executive director of the Nebraska Association of Service Providers and a member of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee.

Her legislative priorities include identifying "common-sense budget reforms," promoting access to higher education and Corrections reform.

Heavily involved in prison issues, Bolz has called for increasing wages for Corrections workers and serving more people through rehabilitative programs.

Her campaign brought in $22,741 in new contributions from June 15 to Oct. 4 and had $64,636 on hand, according to the most recent filings with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

Vaccaro didn't report any campaign contributions or expenditures.

Both women are registered Democrats, and no Republicans pursued the seat this year. The Legislature is officially nonpartisan, but District 29 was represented by Republicans for decades before Bolz began her first term in 2013. The GOP also has an edge in registered voters. 

District 29 stretches from 27th Street to 56th Street, South Street to Pine Lake Road and Pine Lake to Rokeby Road between 27th and 40th streets. 

"Opponent or no opponent, I've mostly been focused on trying to gain and retain the respect of my voters," Bolz said. "I want to continue my commitment to public service and my commitment to serving in a way that reflects common sense and integrity."

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Assistant city editor

Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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