Bellevue and Papillion State Sen. Carol Blood said she will seek a second term in the State Legislature.

Blood, a Democrat, is up for re-election in 2020.

She represents Legislative District 3, which consists of most of Bellevue east of 60th Street and north of Lookingglass Drive; and Papillion between 72nd and 84th Street south of Highway 370.

Blood said she is committed to working across party lines.

“I’m proud that the many bills I have brought forward and ultimately passed have consistently had full bi-partisan support,” she said, in a news release announcing her re-election bid.

“The people in my district are sick of the bi-partisan bickering and dirty tricks at all levels of government and do not want their local representatives participating in the shenanigans that ultimately prevent good policy from moving forward.”

Blood, who was elected to the Legislature in 2016 after serving eight years on the Bellevue City Council as the at-large member, sits on the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Agriculture and General Affairs Committee.

She said her first term was characterized by legislation aiding military families and veterans, encouraging employment, advocating for government transparency and supporting mothers and children.

“Additionally,” she said, “I have been able to resolve multiple issues without legislation by working closely with agencies to make lives better for Nebraskans. Not all good policy requires that a bill be passed, just a little effort.”

Blood said her priorities in a second term will be removing hurdles to employment, creating better jobs, maintaining Nebraska’s education system and generating additional revenues without increasing taxes.

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