Omaha Public Radio News
7:24 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Second Congressional District candidate talks jobs, education

Omaha, NE – The Democrat candidate for Nebraska's Second Congressional District says while Nebraska enjoys a low unemployment rate, that's not the case for the entire district.

State Senator Tom White is running against incumbent GOP Congressman Lee Terry for the Second District seat. He says while Nebraska may have an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent overall, it's more like 17 percent in northeast and east Omaha. "That is completely unacceptable. It leads to desperation, leads to drug abuse, it leads to families splitting up, it leads to crime," White says. "We need to recognize that everybody has to have if they work hard and play by the rules, a piece of a peaceful, prosperous life, the American dream."

White says the economy is still struggling to improve following the Wall Street crisis.

White's campaign is also focusing on education. He says $59 million dollars in education jobs money coming to the state will stave off significant property tax increases. White says without that funding, a property tax increase would be necessary.

Two debates are scheduled between the Second Congressional District candidates. One is October 14th at the Omaha Press Club. The second is October 19th at Bellevue University.