Politics & Elections
1:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

With primary approaching, Second Congressional District candidates focusing on the federal deficit

With Nebraska’s primary election approaching, the candidates for the Second Congressional District are talking jobs, the economy, and federal spending.

The primary election is next Tuesday. Second District Congressman Lee Terry is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. Terry’s campaign chairman, Dave Boomer, says the Congressman is focusing his campaign on spending and fiscal accountability.

One of Terry’s opponents is financial adviser Brett Lindstrom. Lindstrom says he’s focused the issue of leadership, and the U.S. unemployment rate. Lindstrom says that rate doesn’t take in to account the number of underemployed Americans.

UNO math department chairman Jack Heidel says his campaign is focused entirely on fiscal issues, and ending what’s called “baseline budgeting.” Heidel says every federal program should be cut at least 10 percent, which would save about $200 billion a year.

Former Douglas County Republican Party chairman Glenn Freeman is also running for the Second Congressional District seat. Freeman believes issues with taxes, immigration, Social Security, and other issues exist because lawmakers in Congress don’t follow the Constitution.

More information on polling places and early voting is at www.votedouglascounty.com and www.sarpy.com.