Hal Daub

Hal Daub

Nati Harnik

Hal Daub filed for re-election for the District 8 seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Friday, the first day candidates can file for the 2018 election cycle.

Daub, a former U.S. congressman and Omaha mayor, was first elected to the Board of Regents in 2012, where he represents a majority of Douglas County.

"I'm filing for re-election today because I don't want there to be any question about my intention to campaign hard to retain my position," Daub said in a statement. "The university has been a big part of my education and the education of family members for years. I want our young people to have the best educational opportunities for the most economical dollars."

Barbara Weitz, a former instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha who has a building named for her on that campus, said in August she intends to run against Daub for the District 8 seat.

Several candidates have also announced their intention to run for the District 4 seat that will be left vacant by Bob Whitehouse at the end of next year.

Larry Bradley, a member of the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District board, said he intended to file for candidacy. Bradley has unsuccessfully run for the regents twice before, in 2006 and 2012.

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And Elizabeth O'Connor, a UNO graduate and former student regent who now practices law in Omaha, announced her plans in November to run for the District 4 spot on the board.

Whitehouse, of Papillion, said in October he would not seek a third term on the board representing a swath of Douglas and Sarpy counties, including downtown and south Omaha.

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