A candidate who challenged District 29 Sen. Tony Fulton in the 2008 election has declared she will try again for the now-open seat in the Legislature.
Susan Scott, 63, said it is time for District 29 to be represented by someone "who will truly advocate for each and every resident, including the hard-working and disenfranchised."
Scott said her leadership, facilitation and training skills will transfer well to the Legislature.
She has a bachelor's degree in English and secondary education from Creighton University and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from South Dakota State University. She was formerly executive director of the YWCA in Lincoln.
For the past four years, she has been substitute teaching and counseling in Lincoln's public schools. Those four years have given her a greater understanding of the issues teachers and families face, she said.
Jobs and the economy are important to everyone in the district and the state, she said. She would work to make sure the state is competitive in bringing in new businesses, while at the same time protecting the environment and the state's natural resources, she said.
Scott has lived in the district more than 30 years, and said she is familiar with its neighborhoods and the needs of its residents. She understands the issues and challenges of both the district and the state, she said.
She is an eight-year breast cancer survivor. And she is a runner -- having completed more than 60 marathons, including the first 31 Lincoln marathons.
She plans to walk, talk and listen to every district resident during the coming months, she said.
In her 2008 challenge of Fulton, Scott drew nearly as many votes as he did in the primary election. She lost in the general election to Fulton by a more substantial margin.
Fulton cannot run for another term.
The district boundaries have changed since that election.
As a result of the 2011 redistricting, District 29 boundaries have moved, squaring off between 27th and 56th streets, South Street to Pine Lake Road on the east half and Rokeby Road on the west half.
Scott lives at 5343 Cooper Ave. She is a registered Democrat, but the Legislature is officially nonpartisan.
Kate Bolz, a policy analyst for Nebraska Appleseed, also has said she will run for the District 29 seat.
Bolz, 32, lives at 2816 Jameson North, near 27th Street and Old Cheney Road in south Lincoln. She also is a registered Democrat.