Today the Journal Star editorial board continues its endorsements for the Nov. 8 election.
Legislative District 25
Voters in this district in have the substantial challenge of picking a state senator who can extend their string of successes in sending a heavy hitter to the Legislature.
The candidate they send to the Statehouse will replace Sen. Kathy Campbell, who is leaving because of term limits. The list of notables that preceded her includes the legendary Jerry Warner and Ron Raikes.
Campbell has endorsed attorney Jim Gordon. We concur in that recommendation.
Gordon has a background and skill set that will serve him well in the Legislature. At the top of his priorities are property tax relief, eliminating state taxes on Social Security and controlled government spending. And Gordon, who has served as president of Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, pledges to focus on fashioning policy that helps the state’s children with support for early childhood and K-12 education.
Gordon, 70, has surmounted challenges in life. He was wounded after more than 30 assault combat missions in Vietnam, and ever since has walked with a cane. He refers to the experience as “a gift that shaped me.” We think he would do well in the legislative arena.
The other candidate in the race is Suzanne Geist.
Legislative District 27
Anna Wishart was the top vote-getter in the primary by a 2-1 margin. We recommend that voters put her in the same spot in the general election to replace Sen. Colby Coash, who is leaving because of term limits.
Her background includes a six-year stint on the Airport Authority, which has the distinction of not using its taxing authority to pay for airport expenses. Instead, the board manages an industrial tract. Wishart rightfully points to that success as evidence of her ability to stimulate economic development.
She’s spent countless days and hours walking door-to-door in her effort to understand the district. More than 2,300 of its residents fall into the health insurance coverage gap that exists due to the failure of the state to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. She’s pledged to continue those efforts.
Wishart, who previously worked for state Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, has observed the workings of the Legislature from the inside. The experience should give her a head start in serving the district.
The other candidate on the ballot is Dick Clark.
Legislative District 29
Two names will appear on the ballot in this district, but only incumbent Sen. Kate Bolz is campaigning.
Melody Vaccaro suspended her campaign after Bolz collected more than four out of five votes in the primary.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Bolz has put in the long hours and paid attention to the details that are essential in putting together a budget that will pass muster with the full Legislature and the governor, and worked on other important issues such as prison reform.
The district’s voters have already signaled they intend to send Bolz back to the Legislature and we hope they do.