An Omaha boutique owner is the third person to announce her run for a midtown Omaha legislative seat.
Megan Hunt, 31, co-founder of clothing company Hello Holiday, is seeking to replace term-limited state Sen. Burke Harr in the 2018 election.
Hunt announced her campaign on Monday to serve District 8, an area dominated by the thriving Dundee and Benson neighborhoods but which extends as far northwest as Keystone and as far southeast as 42nd and Leavenworth streets.
Hunt grew up in Blair but has lived in Dundee for about 13 years. And she moved Hello Holiday, which was in Benson before, to Dundee in 2014.
Millennials like her are active and engaged, she said, but the state needs to focus on enacting social and economic policies that help prevent brain drain.
"I think we're really in danger of losing electoral engagement from a group of people that are becoming exhausted," she said.
Hunt founded the nonprofit Safe Space Nebraska, which seeks to end harassment and assault in nightlife establishments. She is a trustee of the Business Ethics Alliance and has served on the boards of Friends of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Friends of the Nebraska AIDS Project and Omaha Area Youth Orchestras.
Like the other two candidates who have entered the District 8 race, Mina Davis and Josh Henningsen, Hunt is a Democrat. However, legislative races are officially nonpartisan.