National and State Candidates Expected At Nebraska City Forum

NEBRASKA CITY  — About 25 national and local candidates are expected for Monday night’s political forum at Nebraska City.

The Nebraska City High school Honors American Government class is hosting the 6:30 p.m.  forum on today at the high school auditorium

Teacher Lacey Glasford said she was surprised at the confirmation response from up to 25 candidates.

Glasford: “I’m not sure why I’m so surprised, but the responses that I’ve got from the candidates that are  attending have been so supportive. They are just thrilled that a high school class is willing to put on a forum. They think it’s the greatest way to show civic participation, especially for high school kids.”

National candidates:

  • Jessica McClure,  a Democrat from Lincoln who is seeking to unseat Republican Jeff Fortenberry for the US House.
  • Jane Raybould, a Democrat from Lincoln who is seeking to unseat Repubican Deb Fischer for the US Senate.
  • Jim Schultz, a Libertarian from Lincoln, also seeking election to the US Senate.

State candidates:

  • For State Legislature: incumbent Robert Clements, a Republican from Elmwood .
  • For secretary of State: Republican Bob Evnen and Democrat Spencer Danner.
  • For state auditor is Democrat Jane Skinner of Omaha.
  • For public service commissioner are Christa Yoakum, a Democrat from Lincoln, and Dan Watermeier, a Republican from Syracuse.

Glasford said there will be a time limit on answers.

Glasford: “The questions range from tell about yourself, what your background is, why are you running. What you plan to achieve if you’re elected, those kind of questions. We do have a very strictly scheduled and we’re probably going to give two or three minutes per question, per candidate, so that we can keep the ball rolling the whole night.”

Local candidates include those for county board and county sheriff.

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