LINCOLN — Dennis Womack, a former deputy Douglas County Election Commissioner, has announced his candidacy for the north Omaha legislative seat now held by State Sen. Ernie Chambers.

Chambers, 82, is ineligible to run for another term because of term limits.

Womack, then a 67-year-old registered Democrat, was appointed in 2004 to the election post by then-Gov. Mike Johanns, but was removed two years later after changing his registration to Republican without informing the election commissioner. By law, the chief deputy must be from a different political party from the office head, who was a Republican.

More recently, Womack worked for the U.S. Department of Labor. Poverty, he said, is the biggest issue facing District 11. Womack said he would work on workforce development and ensuring that the public gets to vote on the proposed Douglas County juvenile justice center.

In recent years, he has run unsuccessfully for the Metropolitan Community College Board of Directors and twice lost races for the Omaha City Council. He placed behind Brenda Council in a 2008 run for the District 11 legislative seat and was runner-up to Chris Rodgers in the 2004 Democratic primary race for Douglas County Board.

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