Morgann Freeman

Morgann Freeman, a Black Lives Matter activist and member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s young professional group declared her candidacy for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

A Black Lives Matter activist and member of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group will seek to represent Omaha in Congress.

Morgann Freeman is the third Democrat to declare her candidacy in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Douglas County and western Sarpy County.

She will face Ann Ferlic Ashford, an attorney, and Kara Eastman, a former nonprofit executive, in the primary. The winner will run against Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican retired Air Force general, who is expected to seek a third term in the November 2020 election.

Freeman said she is a freelance communications consultant. Her LinkedIn page says she formerly worked at Nebraska Appleseed and United Way of the Midlands. She also helped organize a Black Lives Matter rally in 2016.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Bellevue West High School.

Freeman sent The World-Herald a statement about her candidacy and said she planned an official announcement in May.

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“I’m running because I believe we deserve representation that truly serves everyone in the district, and that we should put the power of governance back into the voters’ hands,” she said in the statement. “I’m different because I’m not a career politician — I believe in fairness and humility and integrity in public service.”

According to her website, her slogan is “we deserve better.”

She cites health care, flood repair and “never-ending war” as top issues, though she doesn’t offer specific proposals.

Freeman seeks the seat of what is seen as a swing district, although Republicans have held control for all but two of the past 20 years.

Last year, Eastman became the nominee after she won the primary election over Brad Ashford, the Democrat who held the seat from 2015 to ’17. Eastman struck a progressive tone in her run against moderate Ashford, and she has said her positions haven’t changed. And this time Ashford’s wife, Ann, has stepped in to run for his former seat and, like her husband, she says she would be a moderate consensus-builder.

Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb said she expects to see more people enter the field.

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