In our continued effort to help you make an informed decision on Election Day, Channel 6 News focuses on the District 9 race for the Nebraska Legislature.
District 9 includes much of midtown Omaha, which will elect a new face to the state Legislature, either Erica Fish or Sara Howard.
“This is such a diverse district,” says Fish. “We need to make sure we represent everyone in the district, everything from red to blue and everything in between, which creates purple."
“For me, running isn't about a single issue and it's not about getting famous or rich, it's about giving back to a district that's been remarkable to my family,” says Howard.
This is a race that doesn't have an incumbent, but it seems to because Howard is the daughter of State Sen. Gwen Howard. After eight years, term limits are keeping Gwen from running again.
Fish has a connection, too. Her stepfather is current State Sen. Mark Christensen from southwest Nebraska. “I think I can bring a unique perspective as a stay-at-home mom because I have the time and energy,” says Fish, a Republican.
“I'm really about health care and providing services to folks in need and thinking of creative ways to improve access,” says Howard, a Democrat.
Though the Legislature technically is nonpartisan.
“You do find in this state that we have a past and histories that tie us together and we have to keep making that unity to show we're a progressive state,” says Fish.
“I had one woman look at the card and say, you're not running against Gwen Howard, are you?” says Howard. “I say no, she's my mom and was term-limited out. The woman said, that's good because she would beat you."
No matter who wins, in a way each newcomer already has legislative experience.