People interested in becoming a Nebraska state senator who are living in Omaha's District 6 have about three weeks to submit their applications for the job.

The position is open because of the sudden resignation of Sen. Joni Craighead, who had announced just days before that she would run for re-election. She cited work and family complications for her decision. Her last day is Friday. 

The district already has an announced candidate for the 2018 election: Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha, the daughter of former Democratic Congressman John Cavanaugh, announced her candidacy in July. 

District 6 had 26,806 registered voters as of the end of August, including 10,812 Republicans, 9,519 Democrats, 6,157 nonpartisans and 319 Libertarians

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday he would begin taking applications immediately.

The successful applicant will be paid $12,000 a year, plus a per diem. Work is full-time during the legislative session, which runs January to mid-April in the short session or early June in the long session. 

The appointment is for one year, until January 2019. 

Those interested have until 4 p.m. Sept. 29 to apply. Applicants must have lived in the district for one year, be registered to vote and at least 21 years old. 

Ricketts said he could seek additional qualified candidates beyond the application process. 

This will be the fourth state senator Ricketts has chosen or appointed. Those he has appointed in the past were Nicole Fox of Omaha to District 7 and Robert Clements of Elmwood to District 2. When Ricketts was governor-elect he selected David Schnoor of Scribner to serve District 15, but Gov. Dave Heineman did the official appointment.

Fox was defeated in the 2016 primary election. Schnoor was defeated in the 2016 election. 

The district's boundaries are within Douglas County. A map of the district is available online.

Those interested can complete an application at Click on the boards and commissions tab. 

A cover letter, resume and additional background materials may be included with the application. 

Questions about the application process can be directed to Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-2256, or

Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or

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

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