LINCOLN — Several candidates, including two incumbents, have filed to serve in the State Legislature.

Among those to file last week with the Secretary of State’s Office:

>> District 13. Mark Elworth Jr. of Omaha has filed to serve the legislative district that includes parts of north Omaha and northeast Douglas County.

The seat is currently held by Sen. Tanya Cook, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.

Elworth, who ran as the Libertarian candidate for governor in 2014, will face Creighton University professor Jill Brown and Jake Seeman, the trial preparation manager for Domina Law, for the legislative seat.

Both Brown and Seeman are registered Democrats. Legislative seats in Nebraska are officially nonpartisan.

>> District 25. Dale Michels, a family physician, is running to represent the district that includes east Lincoln and northeast Lancaster County.

David Tagart, CEO of ABLED Inc., which serves people with intellectual disabilities, has also filed for the seat currently held by term-limited Sen. Kathy Campbell.

Michels, a registered Republican, and Tagart, a registered independent, will face Jim Gordon, an attorney, and Les Spry, a doctor.

>> District 33. Steve Halloran has filed to represent the district that covers Adams and part of Hall Counties. He is a retired farmer who co-owns three HuHot Mongolian Grills. Incumbent Sen. Les Seiler, chairman the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, has also filed for re-election. He is an attorney.

Both men are Republicans who live in Hastings.

>> District 47. Peggy Popps has filed to serve the large western Nebraska district held by Sen. Ken Schilz, who is term-limited. The Sidney woman works for Cabela’s and is a former law enforcement officer for the City of Sidney.

A Republican, Popps will face three others: Steve Erdman, a Bayard farmer; Karl Elmshaeuser, an economic developer from Ogallala; and Wendall Gaston, a former Sidney mayor.

>> District 3. Sen. Tommy Garrett, a Republican from Bellevue, has filed for re-election. He was appointed to represent District 3 to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Scott Price. The district covers a portion of eastern Sarpy County.

A retired Air Force colonel and businessman, Garrett was elected in 2014 to finish Price’s remaining two years.

>> District 45. Sen. Sue Crawford, a political science and international relations profession at Creighton University, has filed to again serve the district encompassing Offutt Air Force Base in Sarpy County. She was first elected to the Legislature in 2012.

Contact the writer: 402-473-9581,

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