Former teacher and coach Neal Clayburn on Monday announced his 2020 candidacy for the Legislature in south-central Lincoln's District 29.

Clayburn said his key priorities would include local property tax relief, job growth, quality education, investments in roads and other essential infrastructure, stewardship of the environment and "strong support for working families and local businesses."

District 29 is represented by Sen. Kate Bolz, who was re-elected in 2016 and will bump into the Legislature's two-term limit.

"The decisions we make today will affect our daily lives in the short term, but those decisions also will affect our children and grandchildren for years to come," Clayburn said. "We need to get it right."

A U.S. Navy veteran, Clayburn has coached wrestling, football and track in Nebraska. He served as executive director of the Lincoln Education Association from 1991 to 2006 and has worked as associate executive director of the Nebraska State Education Association since 2006.

Clayburn taught history and government at Gering and Grand Island. 

His great-great-grandfather, Henry Clayburn, served in the Legislature in 1915, having the unusual distinction of securing the nomination on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. The Legislature became a nonpartisan body in 1937.

Clayburn's wife, Shelley, is a teacher at Rousseau Elementary School and one of their two sons, Nick, is a math teacher at Lincoln High School.  

Clayburn is a registered Democrat.  

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