2012 Legislative Endorsements
Political Action Committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union
For Immediate Release June 11, 2012
NEBFARMPAC Announces Friends of Family Farm Agriculture
Legislative Candidate Endorsements
NEBFARMPAC, the political action committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union today announced twenty “Friends of Family Farm Agriculture” endorsements for Legislature.
The non-partisan endorsements are based on proven performance in the areas of family farm agriculture, renewable energy, landowner rights, and local control issues.
The twenty candidates endorsed for Legislature were: Jerry Joy in District 1, Suzanne McNamara in District 3, Heath Mello in District 5, Jeremy Nordquist in District 7, Sara Howard in District 9, Tanya Cook in District 13, Dave Bloomfield in District 17, Jim Scheer in District 19, Ken Haar in District 21, Vern Barrett in District 23, Kathy Campbell in District 25, Kyle Michaelis in District 27, Kate Bolz in District 29, Rick Kolowski in District 31, Marvin Butch Hughes in District 33, Mike Gloor in District 35, Galen Hadley in District 37, Judy Domina in District 39, Kate Sullivan in District 41, Al Davis in District 43, and Sue Crawford in District 45. Ken Haar, Vern Barrett, Marvin Butch Hughes, and Al Davis are members of Nebraska Farmers Union.
“Voters need to make an extra effort to get informed on where this large new crop of legislative candidates stand on the wide range of issues that impact family farm agriculture and rural communities,” said Gale Lush, NEBFARMPAC President from Wilcox. “Rural Nebraska continues to struggle with depopulation, reduced school aid and in many cases no state school aid, ever increasing property taxes, and water use conflicts. We need to know where the candidates that want to represent us in Lincoln stand on issues important to us, including local control of schools, state support for renewable energy and rural development, rural healthcare, affordable rural internet broadband, landowner rights, and maintaining local control of planning and zoning,” Lush concluded.
“Given the impact of term limits, it is important than we select candidates that are already up to speed on the issues important to us. The NEBFARMPAC endorsements reflect the importance of family farmer agriculture, renewable energy, and local control,” said John Hansen NEBFARMPAC Secretary.
The endorsements were made by the NEBFARMPAC board of directors comparing the backgrounds and policy positions of the candidates based on information generally available from public sources. Input from county officers, and members from the various districts, was considered.
NEBFARMPAC is the political action committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union, a non-partisan, not-for-profit general farm organization, founded in 1913. Its mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.