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Lincoln attorney Mike Hilgers announced Tuesday he will make a second bid for the 21st District legislative seat that will be vacated by Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm at the end of next year.

Hilgers lost to Haar by 85 votes in 2012.

Haar cannot seek re-election in 2016 when he bumps into the two-term limit for state senators.

Shortly after his announcement, Hilgers went door to door in a neighborhood in his district, launching his campaign.

Hilgers said he would seek to reduce state spending, lower taxes, support quality education and try to help "build an environment for innovators and entrepreneurs to grow our economy."

During a telephone interview, he said he supports the death penalty although he has "a tremendous amount of respect for the debate that occurred in the Legislature" prior to its decision to repeal capital punishment.  

Supporters of the death penalty are seeking a referendum vote in next year's general election to repeal that legislation.

Although senators are elected on a nonpartisan ballot, Hilgers is a Republican who will be seeking election in a district that tips Republican in terms of registered voters. Haar is a Democrat.

The district is composed of northwest Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Hilgers describes himself as a fiscal conservative who believes Nebraska taxes are too high.

"Nebraskans (need) to keep more of their own money so that they can provide a better life for their families," he said. 

Hilgers, whose legal practice specializes in protecting intellectual property rights, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2014.

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Political reporter

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

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