Due to redistricting, a lot has changed in Nebraska legislative District 49, which has moved from rural northwest Nebraska to northwest Sarpy County.
Frank Wellenstein, a 15-year resident of Gretna, says he's the man for the state Senate because of his experience as a businessman and Army veteran. "A lot of the business leaders, school leaders, church leaders, came to me and said hey, we need someone with your kind of experience to step up and go represent us down in Lincoln."
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Wellenstein's main goal is to develop the 370 corridor. “It will ultimately lower our tax base so the residents won't have to pay as much in tax, bring in jobs so we don't have to drive to Lincoln or Omaha for our work."
Wellenstein has only raised $5,000 in this election, refusing funds from lobbyists or political action committees. “People aren't going to influence me, let alone money. At the end of the day, I have nobody to answer to except the people back here in the district. I work for them. If you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, you're always going to have my ear."
Wellenstein's opponent, John Murante has only lived in Gretna for five years, but says he has the right experience, working as a legislative aide for an Omaha state senator. "We're in an era of term limits now and we understand that some of the most powerful leaders in the Nebraska Legislature are leaving and we need to replace those leaders with people with experience."
One of Murante's main goals is to abolish the Learning Community. He also wants to lower taxes. "We are one of the highest taxed states in the region, one of the highest taxed states in the country and they demand that their leaders do something about it right away, so that's why I've called for serious and aggressive tax relief immediately in the state of Nebraska."