Howard jumps into race for Congress

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October 5th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Another Democrat from Omaha has jumped into the race for Congress.

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“Now, more than ever I feel the burden that Nebraskans carry every single day,” State Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha announced to a crowd of a few dozen people crammed in to Gerda’s Bakery in midtown. “So it’s with great humility that I announce – I am a candidate for United States Congress.”

State Sen. Gwen Howard (right) stands with supporters, as she announced her candidacy for Congress on Wednesday. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Howard is a Democratic State Senator, who’s served in the Nebraska Legislature representing that neighborhood since 2004. She’ll be running for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, which is currently held by seven-term incumbent Republican Lee Terry.

“Washington is broken and Lee Terry is part of the problem,” she said. “I get along fine with Lee Terry personally, but we can’t risk our future any longer. From the view on Main Street, or in our case, Dodge Street, it seems Washington politicians are more concerned about putting President Barack Obama out of work than putting Americans back to work.”

Howard is positioning herself as a fighter for the middle class. She said she’ll stand on her record of defending our “most vulnerable Nebraskans” and protecting seniors and working families. Howard is a social worker, who graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a master’s degree in social work. Term limits will prevent her from seeking a third term in the Legislature. Her daughter Sara will be running to replace her next year.

Howard will challenge fellow Democrat, Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing for the primary nomination. Terry also has two Republican challengers: former Husker football player and financial advisor Brett Lindstrom and UNO Math Professor Jack Heidel.

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