State Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha is joining the race for Rep. Lee Terry's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A formal announcement has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 3 at 3333 S. 24th St. in Omaha. Email invitations to the event were sent out Monday by the Nebraska Democratic Party.
Howard, 66, is a social worker in her second term in the Nebraska Legislature. Term limits prevent her from seeking a third term.
She will face fellow Democrat and Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing Jr. in the primary. He announced his candidacy in July.
Republicans in the running include Brett Lindstrom, an Omaha financial adviser and former Husker football player, and Jack Heidel, a University of Nebraska at Omaha mathematics professor. They face Terry, a seven-term congressman, in the primary.
Howard said she is proud of what she has accomlished for District 9 during her seven years in the Legislature, and looks forward to the opportunity to represent the 2nd Congressional District.
Jim Rogers, executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said Howard “has devoted her career to fighting for those who typically do not have a voice in government. Her legislative accomplishments include removing the sales tax on home repairs; expanding homestead property tax exemptions for seniors and the disabled; anti-bullying provisions to make schools safer environments for learning; and new consumer protections in the long-term care industry.
“She provides a strong voice for working families, education, seniors and some of our most vulnerable Nebraskans: children in the state foster care system.”
Howard was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2004 to represent Legislative District 9, which encompasses many of central Omaha's older neighborhoods. She is a member of the Education and Health and Human Services Committees.
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