Our effort to keep you informed about the elections and Decision 2012 continues. Here’s a look at the Nebraska candidates for 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The District One congressional race features four-term incumbent Jeff Fortenberry. “Every election I have to go before the people I represent and give them good reasons to entrust me with this very significant responsibility."
He’s up against a political newcomer, Lincoln defense attorney Korey Reiman. “You could be one of the greatest candidates in the world, but if you don't have the money to get it out there there are problems with that."
Look at the fundraising disparity when it comes to cash on hand. Fortenberry has 48 times the amount of money than his challenger has even raised. "I have a hard time believing that 100 percent of the district agrees with Mr. Fortenberry,” says Reiman.
“We've worked hard to develop good relationships with our constituents,” says Fortenberry.
One big difference this year in the landscape of the 1st Congressional District is Lincoln is still part of it, but now Bellevue and Columbus have been added.
“I'm going to let you in on a state secret now,” says Fortenberry. “The government cannot fix all problems and we are constantly looking to Congress to fix all manner of things that is beyond its expertise."
“I'm fairly apolitical,” says Reiman. “While I'm registered as Democrat, I don't necessarily look at the state party platform and say, oh, look at what I believe."
Nebraska voters will have the final say.