Omaha City Councilman to run for Second Congressional District

Oct 14, 2013

Omaha’s City Council president says he’s running for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District seat.

Councilman Pete Festersen made the announcement Sunday. Festersen announced last month that he wouldn’t run for the seat currently held by Lee Terry. But Festersen says the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. changed his mind.

"And like most people, my frustration was growing with the day with the government shutdown, and the brinksmanship on the debt ceiling and the nation’s economy, and the inability to address virtually every major issue over the last two years. That’s no way to run a country, and I felt change was needed, and my family was supportive of me doing that, and I think it’s our responsibility to help bring about that change."

Festersen was elected to the Omaha City Council in 2009 and re-elected earlier this year. Terry has not yet announced if he’ll seek re-election next year.

The primary election is May 13, 2014.