Republican Congressional Primary Gets Crowded

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

Another Republican enters the race for the second congressional district. This means incumbent Lee Terry is facing primary competition.

"I'm in this race to win, and I am in this race because of the problems we have in this nation." Those were the words of Glenn Freeman, who announced his candidacy for congress Thursday morning. All the current Republican candidates say they can win the primary against current Congressman Terry.

Terry is currently serving his seventh term, going into his fourteenth year in the House of Representatives, but three Republican candidates have all thrown their hat in the ring too, saying it's time for a change.

Congressman Terry spent his Thursday afternoon talking to future voters, asking fifth graders at Tara Heights Elementary what laws they would introduce in Congress. Terry will face a tougher challenge than this in the real world of politics. "Democracy is great isn't it?" said Terry. "I love it, that's what the process is about, so welcome!"

The newest candidate to challenge him, Freeman, promised not to become personal. "I am not going to base my campaign on the incumbent's short comings, to do so I would not have the time to acquaint you with my positive qualifications."

Another Republican in the race, Brett Lindstrom said the number of candidates is a sign that it's time for someone new. "I think he's part of the problem, you're there for twelve years, you start becoming special interests and lobbyists and I think that's happened in this case," said Lindstrom of Terry.

Jack Heidel, another candidate, said he's confident there will be a change in 2012. "There's so much interest and concern and angry voters out there, that anything can happen."

Freeman revived an original Lee Terry campaign promise that he would only run for three terms. "This individual, the incumbent, has a history of signing pledges and disavowing them, my mother had a third grade education, we called that lying," said Freeman.

"He has his own opinions and I'll just leave it at that," said Terry.

Along with the three Republicans vying for Congressman Terry's seat, there are two Democrats, John Ewing who is currently the Douglas County Treasurer and Gwen Howard, a Nebraska State Senator.

The Primary election will be held on May 15, when the race will be narrowed down to just one Republican and one Democrat.

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