Don Schuller announced Monday he will be a candidate in 2018 for legislative District 30, a seat now held by Sen. Roy Baker of Lincoln.

Baker has said he won't seek a second term in the Legislature. 

Schuller, 61, is a businessman, and he and his wife, Julie, farm in Gage County. The district encompasses part of southwest Lincoln, southeast Lancaster County and Gage County. 

“People I respect, from both Gage and Lancaster County, have encouraged me to run and I believe that every district resident should have an effective representative who listens to their concerns and opinions,” Schuller said in announcing his candidacy.

His roots run deep in Gage County, he said. 

He has organized and conducted meetings on behalf of the Gage County Taxpayers Organization, and has opined on county and state issues. 

"I'm not afraid to speak up, and I listen to others and I want to learn," he said. 

Schuller said his priorities would include the economic stability of family-owned farms and businesses, the state and local tax structure, and the conservation of soil, water and other natural resources.

Schuller, who is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan legislative race, was raised on a farm between Wymore and Barneston, and still farms that land.

He said being conservative has been required to survive as a farmer. He has the same objectives as others who have grown up in rural Nebraska, he said. 

He has diverse work experiences and personal associations throughout the area, he said. He formerly worked 30 years for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Now he has his own business performing surveys and designing conservation projects.

He's a member of the Wymore Fire Department Board, the Barneston American Legion Post, and the American Legion Riders Beatrice Post.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com

On Twitter @LJSLegislature.

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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