Vote Blue in 2022!

Vote Blue on Tuesday. The stakes are too high for you to stay home.

May 10 is election day in Nebraska. Tuesday is the day and you are the team. We have a lot of good Democrats running for office across the state.

U.S. House CD01

Two term State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks is running for a seat vacated by Jeff Fortenberry’s felony convictions and resignation. We all need to vote for Patty on May 10 to determine the Democratic nominee for the November 8 general election. We also have to vote for Patty on June 28 in the special election aimed at filling the CD01 seat until January 2023.

U.S. House CD02

Tony Vargas is the best choice in the Omaha based House district. Tony has served six years in the legislature and is currently on the Appropriations Committee. This is the most bi-partisan committee in the legislature. The budgets are reported out on a unanimous basis and usually pass in the entire legislature with 40 or more votes.

Governor

Two term State Senator Carol Blood is the best choice. She is the only candidate for governor actually talking about real issues.

If you have switched your registration to the GOP on a temporary basis, please write in Carol Blood. There really isn’t any difference on the issues between Chuck Herbster, Jim Pillen & Brett Lindstrom. They all believe that rich people don’t have enough money & want to ban most abortions. The only difference is that Lindstrom acts normal.

Legislature

The legislative elections are now more important than ever. The GOP has a path to 33 seats — enough to break a filibuster. If the GOP gets up to 33 seats, they will pass a reactionary abortion ban, and repeal state income and corporate taxes. The lost revenue would be made up by a regressive sales tax. The GOP platform is extreme and dangerous.

District 2 is located in east Lincoln and Cass County.

Janet Chung is the best choice. She is the former chair of the Lancaster County Democratic party and has served on many non-profit boards.

District 4 is in Omaha.

Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek would make an excellent state senator.

District 6 is in central Omaha.

Machaela Cavanaugh is the incumbent and a champion of our most vulnerable citizens.

District 8 is in east Omaha.

Megan Hunt is the incumbent and a supporter of progressive causes.

District 10 is in northwest Omaha and Douglas County.

Wendy DeBoer is the incumbent and facing a strong GOP challenge since she has stood up to Ricketts.

District 12 is in Omaha.

Robin Richards is the Democratic candidate.

District 14 is in Sarpy County.

Rob Plugge and Cori Villegas are the Democrats.

District 18 is in Omaha.

Michael Young is our candidate.

District 20 is in Omaha.

Vote for John Fredrickson. He is running to replace termed out Senator John McCollister.

District 22 is in the Columbus area.

Michael Goos is the Democrat.

District 26 is in north, central Lincoln.

George Dungan is a deputy Lancaster County Public Defender and would make a great senator.

District 28 is in central Lincoln.

Jane Raybould has served on the County Board and on the Lincoln City Council. Jane has the experience to hit the ground running and take on the radical GOP agenda.

District 36 is in Sarpy County.

I’ve been impressed by Angie Laurisen. She is a former member of the Gretna city council.

District 46 is in north Lincoln and downtown Lincoln.

Danielle Conrad and James Michael Bowers are both great candidates and great people.

Lancaster County Public Defender

Two term incumbent Joe Nigro deserves your vote. Under Nigro’s leadership, the Lancaster County Public Defender’s office has saved taxpayer money by adding social workers to better serve clients with mental health and substance abuse issues, advocated for problem-solving courts that reduce recidivism and increase rehabilitation and worked with the Nebraska Legislature on criminal justice reform.

Unfortunately, Nigro’s opponent and her supporters have misrepresented his record. Nigro — like most public defenders in the U.S. — doesn’t handle individual case files. Instead, Nigro has focused on broad policy issues aimed at improving the criminal justice system. This is considered to be among the best practices for public defenders.

Conclusion

Whatever you do, vote Blue in 2022! If the Republicans win control of the Congress, they will shutdown the government, raise taxes on the middle class by $1 trillion, sunset Social Security and Medicare, and pass a national abortion ban.

If the Democrats win at the federal level, we can maintain the amazing progress from President Biden and the Democrats in Congress. If you had told me on January 20, 2021, that with a 50–50 Senate and a 3–4 vote margin in the House, we would get $3 trillion in Covid relief, infrastructure and safety net protection, and more judges than any other president, nobody would’ve believed you.

Thank you for all that you do! Now let’s get it done!

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