LINCOLN — Another Cavanaugh is seeking a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.

Assistant Douglas County Public Defender John Cavanaugh, the brother of State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh of Omaha and son of former U.S. Rep. John Cavanaugh, announced Thursday that he will be running in 2020 for a post now held by State Sen. Sara Howard.

Howard is term-limited. She represents District 9, which is generally west of downtown Omaha on either side of Pacific Street, west to 72nd Street. It includes the Field Club, Elmwood Park and Aksarben neighborhoods.

Cavanaugh, a registered Democrat, is a former aide to Sen. Ben Nelson and to former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey. He is a married father of four children.

“I have seen the cost to our community when we do not support education, fail to create job opportunities, eliminate affordable housing options, ignore sustainable transportation options, and deny drug and mental health treatment,” Cavanaugh said in a press release.

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