A second person has formally announced her candidacy for the midtown Omaha legislative district now served by Sen. Burke Harr.

Marienella "Mina" Davis, 24, is a recent graduate of Creighton University who works as a merchandise planning analyst at Oriental Trading Co. and owns a small business selling clothing online.

A Democrat, Davis worked on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, served as a national delegate for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, and knocked on doors for former state Sen. Heath Mello during his Omaha mayoral campaign earlier this year.

She also regularly interacts with advocacy groups to be a voice "for those who really don't feel like they're being engaged," she said.

"I've always been about people and advocating on behalf of others," she said.

She's seeking to represent District 8 in the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature. The district extends northwest to the Keystone area and as far southeast as 42nd and Leavenworth streets.

Harr, who has represented the district since 2011, is ineligible for re-election due to term limits. On Monday, Omaha attorney Josh Henningsen announced his candidacy for the seat. The primary election is May 15.

Davis grew up in Millard, but "discovered Dundee" during college, she said. She now lives with her dog, Toby, at 49th and Cuming streets — "right behind Sonic," she notes — and her home is surrounded by immigrants, refugees and lower-income people that aren't often associated with the posh Dundee neighborhood.

"We're very diverse here," she said.

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