Deb Schorr has announced she will seek re-election to the Lancaster County Board representing District 3, which includes the southern part of Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Schorr, a Republican who is serving her fourth term, has been particularly involved in infrastructure financing and public safety/criminal justice reform. 

As chairperson of the Railroad Transportation Safety District, a joint city-county agency, she worked with board members and others to provide funding for the South Beltway.

She also activated the Lancaster County Justice Council, which brings together a variety of community stakeholders involved in the complex justice issues.

"My experience as a county commissioner will be critical in successfully overcoming financial challenges facing Lancaster County while controlling property tax spending," she said in a news release announcing her candidacy. 

Schorr, whose district includes the towns of Hickman, Denton, Firth, Hallam, Roca and Sprague, believes strategic community planning is important to the city and to the towns and villages. 

Schorr has also been active in the Nebraska Association of County Officials and is the group's vice president, with plans to serve as state president in 2019. 

Schorr was an early supporter of Pinnacle Bank Arena and worked to commit funds from the Visitors Promotion fund toward planning and construction, she said in the release. 

"I am proud of the steps Lincoln and Lancaster County have taken together toward building a more progressive and vibrant community and I hope to continue to serve as a strong voice for its residents," Schorr said in her news release. 

Three of the Lancaster County Board's five seats will be a part of the 2018 statewide election, with a primary in May.

County offices are elected on a partisan basis, with voters selecting candidates from each party in the May primary. 

Todd Wiltgen, a Republican, has indicated he will run for re-election in District 5, covering northeastern Lancaster County. 

Bill Avery, a Democrat, has indicated he will retire from District 1. Sean Flowerday, a Democrat, has announced he will seek the seat in District 1, which is all urban and includes much of northern and eastern Lincoln. 

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