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Kara Eastman, president and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, said Friday she will champion high-quality health care, affordable education and a healthy environment as a Democratic candidate for the 2nd District House seat.

Eastman, who filed her candidacy with the secretary of state, said she's also determined to push for "a strong economy that works for everyone."

The metropolitan Omaha House seat is held by Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who is seeking re-election to a second term. 

Eastman, who is vice chair of the board of Metropolitan Community College, will be matched against former Rep. Brad Ashford in the Democratic primary election next May. Ashford was defeated by Bacon in 2016 after a single term in the House.

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Since her campaign announcement last May, Eastman said she has knocked on more than 10,000 doors in the district.

The 2nd District is viewed nationally as a battleground congressional district in 2018.  

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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