Omaha Public Radio News
12:16 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Fourth candidate enters Second Congressional District race

Omaha, NE – Another Republican candidate has entered the Second Congressional District race.

Jack Heidel, the chairman of the mathematics department at UNO, announced his candidacy Wednesday morning in Omaha. Heidel says his background as a mathematician means he's uniquely qualified to deal with deficit and debt issues. "I am comfortable thinking in terms of billions and trillions of dollars, and I can address at a time when federal budgets are out of control, to have more people who can keep track of what this means."

Heidel says his campaign will focus on eliminating the national deficit. He says that discussion must include spending cuts and reforming entitlement programs.

Republican Brett Lindstrom is also challenging seven-term incumbent Lee Terry in the Second Congressional District race, as is Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing, a Democrat.