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Bob Rauner, a Lincoln physician and president of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, is running for the Lincoln Board of Education.

Rauner is seeking the District 6 seat in east Lincoln now held by Matt Schulte, who lost a bid for county treasurer in November.

Schulte has yet to announce whether he’s running for re-election. His term expires in May.

Rauner, who has worked with Lincoln Public Schools for a decade to gather data on student fitness and obesity rates and how that affects academic performance, recently co-chaired a citizen task force to make recommendations on priorities for the next high school.

He also has served on committees for hiring the LPS superintendent and director of the community learning centers.

The studies on obesity, fitness and academic performance have been published in the Journal of Pediatrics and highlighted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Rauner said he’s been impressed with the school board’s work to keep property taxes as low as possible while maintaining quality education, “as well as how thoughtful and forward-thinking our past school boards have been in providing the freedom of school choice that exists in our district.”

As a school board member, Rauner said he would focus on lowering property taxes, ways to continue to improve the health of LPS students and expanding access to more project-based learning.

Rauner is chief medical officer of OneHealth Nebraska, a network of independent physician clinics, and began Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, a community nonprofit.

OneHealth Nebraska is Lincoln’s first Accountable Care Organization, a new model of health care that focuses on wellness and preventing unnecessary hospitalizations. Instead of getting paid per patient and per procedure, the clinics are paid for preventing complications that land people in the hospital.

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Before starting Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, he worked at Lincoln Family Medicine, teaching health education and seeing patients in the clinic, which serves many of Lincoln’s low-income and refugee families.

He ran unsuccessfully for the state board of education in 2016 and the Nebraska Legislature in 2013.

Rauner graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating on child obesity and health policy.

He's a member of the Downtown Lincoln Rotary Club and manages the Rotary District 5650 Youth Exchange Program. He is a member of First Lutheran Church and has served on the church council, and stewardship and education committees.

He and his wife, Lisa Rauner, have three daughters, two of whom are Southeast High School graduates now in college and one of whom still attends Southeast. 

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On Twitter @LJSreist.


Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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