LINCOLN — An incumbent lawmaker from Papillion and an Omaha chef have announced they will run for the Nebraska Legislature.
State Sen. Jim Smith filed paperwork to seek re-election in District 14, encompassing most of La Vista and Papillion.
Smith, a registered Republican, was elected in 2010. He is vice chairman of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
During his first term, he worked on a law requiring congenital heart-defect screening for newborns and introduced legislation to create a permitting process for oil pipelines.
He and his wife, Ruth, own Norm's Door Service in Ralston.
In District 18, Joe Vaughn has announced his candidacy to replace Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, who is term-limited. The district represents north-central Omaha.
Vaughn said he wants to be a voice for the working class in Nebraska. He said the main issue of his campaign will be dealing with the influence of money in elections.
Registered as an independent, Vaughn said other issues include investing in Nebraska's infrastructure, supporting teachers and establishing an independent commission for redistricting of congressional and legislative districts.