LINCOLN — Susan Hester, a retired Bellevue Public Schools teacher and current director of the Nebraska Science Olympiad, plans to run for the legislative seat representing Bellevue, Offutt Air Force Base and eastern Sarpy County.

State Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, who now holds the seat, has endorsed Hester as her replacement. Crawford is term-limited and unable to seek reelection.

Hester spent 33 years with the Bellevue schools, teaching at Logan Fontenelle Junior High and Mission Middle School and working as the gifted facilitator for grades 7 through 12. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Bellevue Public Schools Foundation, Bellevue Woman’s Club and Bellevue Together.

A registered Democrat, Hester said her top priority is finding an alternative way to fund public schools to maintain quality and deliver property tax relief.

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Martha Stoddard keeps legislators honest from The World-Herald's Lincoln bureau, where she covers news from the State Capitol. Follow her on Twitter @StoddardOWH. Phone: 402-473-9583.

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