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Alisha Shelton files as Democratic contender for Omaha House seat

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Alisha Shelton, an Omaha mental health therapist and 2020 Democratic Senate candidate, announced Thursday that she has filed as a candidate for this year's Democratic nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat.

"In this moment of inequity, racial divide and women's fundamental rights under attack, we need a leader who will fight for change," Shelton said.

"I am an everyday Nebraskan who understands what it is like to try and succeed in an economy that does not work for all of us and navigate a health care system that is ridden with red tape."

Shelton said she will run on a platform of economic recovery, increasing access to broadband, protecting women's health, expanding affordable health care and fighting climate change.

If elected, she said, she would be the first Black woman to represent metropolitan Omaha's 2nd District.

State Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha, a Latino and vocal supporter of meatpacking worker rights who represents South Omaha and downtown precincts in the Legislature, is also a candidate for the Democratic congressional nomination. 

Republican Rep. Don Bacon is seeking reelection to a fourth term.

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