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Matt Hansen announced Monday he will seek the District 26 legislative seat in northeast Lincoln now held by Sen. Amanda McGill, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.

Hansen, 25,  is a third-generation Nebraskan. He attended Lincoln Public Schools and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In law school, Hansen concentrated on alternative dispute resolution and was certified as a mediator by the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution.

Hansen is a Democrat, although the Legislature is officially nonpartisan.

He teaches gifted students one-on-one in math and social studies as a mentor for LPS and said he'd bring "passion and commitment to service" to the Legislature.

“It is my experience working within our community that drives me to seek this office," he said. "I will be an advocate for our neighborhoods, our community and our values.”

Hansen is on the board of the University Place Community Organization and on the city's Cable Advisory Board.

He said his campaign would focus on supporting and innovating education, protecting Nebraska workers and the economy, and strengthening families and neighborhoods.

“I am running for office to ensure that the people of northeast Lincoln continue to have a strong voice in the Legislature," he said. "Balancing the priorities and needs of all of our citizens should be the focus of all legislation. I will work to be a consensus builder who brings people together to create common-sense solutions to the challenges facing our state.”

Hansen is holding a campaign kickoff from 5:30  to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Watering Hole, 8300 Northwoods Drive. The event is open to the public.

The only other announced candidature for the seat is Democrat Larry Weixelman, a small-business owner and UNL information technology employee.

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Reach Kevin O'Hanlon at 402-473-2682 or kohanlon@journalstar.com.
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