All but 2 incumbent state senators file for re-election

2010-02-16T19:00:00Z All but 2 incumbent state senators file for re-electionBy JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
February 16, 2010 7:00 pm  • 

All but two incumbent senators have filed for re-election to the Nebraska Legislature.

Omaha Sen. Tom White, a Democrat, has filed for Congress in District 2, running against incumbent Lee Terry, a Republican. No one had filed in White's District 8, as of Tuesday, the filing deadline for incumbents.

Sen. Tim Gay of Papillion, chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, announced last month he would not seek re-election. One person, Jim Smith of Papillion, has filed in Gay's District 14.

Senators from 23 even-numbered districts can seek re-election this year. Sen. Arnie Stuthman of Platte Center in District 22 is not running because of term limits. Three candidates from Columbus -- Rebecca Rayman, Mike Moser and Paul Schumacher -- have filed in that district.

All Lincoln incumbents in even-numbered districts have filed for re-election.

Sen. Danielle Conrad, a practicing attorney and director of public relations for the Lincoln Parks Foundation, filed Friday in North Lincoln's 46th district.

Conrad is a member of the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which authors the state budget. She also serves on the Committee on Committees and is vice-chair of the Legislative Performance Audit Committee.

She was elected in 2006 and during her term has introduced and passed legislation to raise the state minimum wage as well as bills to create and retain high-wage, quality jobs in Nebraska. She also established a statewide scholarship for children of first-responders killed in the line of duty.

Conrad said she has supported tax relief, and she worked to repeal the marriage penalty in the state income tax and to repeal the tax on construction labor.

Seven of the incumbent senators have challengers; 14 do not, including Conrad.

Those with challengers so far are Sens. Dave Pankonin in District 2, John Nelson in District 6, Bob Krist in District 10, Scott Lautenbaugh in District 18, Amanda McGill in District 26, Norm Wallman in District 30, and Mark Christensen in District 44.

The nonincumbent filing deadline is March 1.

Reach JoAnne Young at 473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com.

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