Eliot Bostar of Lincoln on Tuesday announced his 2020 candidacy for the District 29 legislative seat that will be vacated by Sen. Kate Bolz as she is term-limited out of office at the end of next year.
Bostar is executive director of the Nebraska Conservation Voters and Conservation Nebraska and a member of the Lincoln Electric System's administrative board of directors.
"Too many politicians are trying to divide us on important issues like education, taxes, caring for vulnerable Nebraskans and our environment," Bostar said.
"We need to work together to make a better community for all of us."
Bostar enters the race with an all-star lineup of endorsements, including Sen. Adam Morfeld, former Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln City Council members Bennie Shobe, Tammy Ward and James Michael Bowers.
As a special adviser in the New York governor's office, Bostar worked with public and private partners to expedite the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Bostar spent most of his childhood years in New York but has Nebraska roots that reach back five generations. He said he spent his childhood summers on the family farm near Bradshaw in York County.
Those roots brought Bostar and his wife, Carrie, back to Nebraska to settle down and raise a family, he said. They have a 2-month-old son, Dexter.
"As a state senator, I will work for what all of us care about — a quality education for our kids, good-paying jobs that will last through the 21st century, and abundant opportunities and a high quality of life for everyone in our community," he said.
Bostar is a registered Democrat.
Neal Clayburn, a former teacher and coach and former executive director of the Lincoln Education Association, earlier announced his candidacy for the south-central Lincoln legislative seat. Clayburn also is a registered Democrat.
Jacob Campbell, a former child abuse investigator for the state and current member of the legislative staff, is also a candidate. Campbell is a registered Republican.