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Mike Flood announces run for Congress

Mike Flood, State Senator from Norfolk and former Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature,...
Mike Flood, State Senator from Norfolk and former Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, announced his run for Congress on Sunday.(Bria Battle)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 3:07 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mike Flood, State Senator from Norfolk and former Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, announced his run for Congress on Sunday. Flood is running for Nebraska’s First Congressional District.

“I have found that in my service in government, working inside of a legislature where there is a plurality is where my skillset is defined the best,” Flood said. “I like that idea of working in that branch of government. Serving in the United States congress would be the honor of my lifetime.”

Flood will be challenging Fortenberry, who is currently facing federal charges. Fortenberry has held Nebraska’s First Congressional District since 2005. He announced his re-election last week.

“I’m here to announce to you first, our friends, that I am seeking re-election to the United States House of Representatives,” Fortenberry said in a YouTube video.

Democrats who have declared include state senator, Patty Pansing Brooks, and Lincoln activist, Jazari Kual.

Pansing Brooks released this statement below about Flood’s announcement:

“The sitting Congressman is now being challenged in his own primary, proving that Nebraskans are ready for a change. At the end of the day, this race is about more than just his indictment. It’s about a culture that must change in Washington. It’s about who will represent all the people - Rural and urban, Democrat and Republican and everyone in between. Together, we can be that change.”

Kual also released a statement and said:

“The wonderful thing about our great democratic nation is that anyone can seek public office if they choose. I am resolute in continuing my historic race as the youngest candidate in Nebraska history for this office. As a committed advocate for various issues that affect all of us in district one, I feel I am the most relatable, energized, and passionate candidate to represent us in the halls of our great nation’s capital. Relatable leaders with new perspectives, fresh ideas, and grace are how we move forward into a bright future.”

The primary election is May 10, 2022, with the general election on November 8, 2022.

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