2014 general election

Nebraska House, 1st District

Jeff Fortenberry

Age: 53
Home: Lincoln
Party: Republican
Occupation: Congressman
Public offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-present; Lincoln City Council, 1997-2001
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Louisiana State University; master’s degrees, Georgetown University and Franciscan University of Steubenville
Family: Married; five children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Experience for Congress
• April 3, 2014: Fortenberry backs former staffer Ben Sasse in U.S. Senate race
• Jan. 29, 2014: Fortenberry: 'Missed opportunity' on farm-subsidy limits in ag bill

Dennis Crawford

Age: 54
Home: Lincoln
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Attorney
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Creighton University; law degree, Catholic University of America
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


• Oct. 15, 2013: Democratic attorney Dennis Crawford to challenge Jeff Fortenberry for House seat

Nebraska House, 2nd District

Lee Terry

Age: 52
Home: Omaha
Party: Republican
Occupation: Congressman
Public offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-present; Omaha City Council, 1991-98
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; law degree, Creighton University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Protestant
Website  |  World-Herald profile

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Experience for Congress
• April 2, 2014: Lee Terry's ignition switch joke at GM recall hearing falls flat
• Feb. 4, 2014: Keystone XL backers 'ready' to move forward on pipeline

Brad Ashford

Age: 64
Home: Omaha
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Lawyer
Public offices held: State senator, 1987-1995, 2007-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Colgate University; law degree, Creighton University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Lutheran
Website    

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Experience for Congress
• March 4, 2014: Democratic priority list: No top billing for Brad Ashford-Lee Terry card

Nebraska House, 3rd District

Adrian Smith

Age: 43
Home: Gering
Party: Republican
Occupation: Congressman
Public offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-present; state senator, 1999-2007; Gering City Council, 1994-98
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Family: Single
Faith: Christian/Evangelical
Website  |  World-Herald profile

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Experience for Congress
• Jan. 27, 2014: Tom Brewer calls Adrian Smith's ski resort fundraising trip 'unacceptable'

Mark Sullivan

Age: 62
Home: Doniphan
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Farmer and owner of Sullivan Feedlot
Public offices held: None
Education: Doniphan High School, 1969
Family: Married; four children
Faith: Catholic
Website    


Attorney General

Doug Peterson

Age: 54
Home: Lincoln
Party: Republican
Occupation: Attorney
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; law degree, Pepperdine University
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Christian
Website

Candidate stories


• Feb. 5, 2014: Lincoln lawyer Doug Peterson to run for Nebraska attorney general

Janet Stewart

Age: 64
Home: Fremont
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Attorney
Public offices held: None
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, University of Nebraska at Omaha; law degree, Creighton University
Family: Married; one child
Faith: Episcopalian
Website

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Brian Buescher, Janet Stewart get nod in AG primaries
• Feb. 21, 2014: Dem. Janet Stewart, a former Mutual of Omaha lawyer, running for Neb. attorney general

Secretary of State

John Gale

Age: 73
Home: Lincoln
Party: Republican
Occupation: Nebraska secretary of state
Public offices held: Secretary of state, 2001-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Carleton College; law degree, University of Chicago
Family: Married; three children
Faith: Methodist
Website    

Candidate stories


• June 20, 2013: John Gale to seek re-election as Nebraska secretary of state

State Treasurer

Don Stenberg

Age: 65
Home: Gretna
Party: Republican
Occupation: Nebraska state treasurer
Public offices held: State treasurer, 2011-present; attorney general, 1991-2003
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MBA and law degree, Harvard University
Family: Married; four children
Faith: Evangelical Christian

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Charlie Janssen, Don Stenberg best to advance
• April 28, 2014: World-Herald editorial: Janssen, Stenberg best to advance
• Feb. 3, 2014: State Treasurer Don Stenberg plans to seek re-election

Michael O’Hara

Age: 61
Home: Omaha
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Business professor at University of Nebraska at Omaha
Public offices held: Omaha Public Power District board of directors, 1989-94
Education: Bachelor’s degree, law degree, doctorate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Family: Widowed
Faith: None
Website

Candidate stories


• March 1, 2014: Democrat Michael O'Hara, a UNO educator, joining race for state treasurer

State Auditor

Charlie Janssen

Age: 43
Home: Fremont
Party: Republican
Occupation: President and majority owner of RTG Medical, a company that helps with temporary medical staffing needs
Public offices held: State senator, 2009-present; Fremont City Council, 2005-08
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Wayne State College
Family: Married; four children
Faith: Catholic
Website    

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Janssen, Stenberg best to advance
• May 10, 2014: State auditor hopeful Janssen seeks to ease fear of potential conflicts of interest
• Feb. 19, 2014: Governor candidate Charlie Janssen, like Heineman, got political start in Fremont
• Feb. 19, 2014: Ballot gets new rewrite as Charlie Janssen files for auditor
• Feb. 3, 2014: Charlie Janssen abandons his bid for governor

Amanda McGill

Age: 34
Home: Lincoln
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Program director, YWCA in Lincoln
Public offices held: State senator, 2007-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Family: Engaged
Faith: Christian
Website    

Candidate stories


• Jan. 2, 2014: Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill to run for state auditor

Public Service Commission

Crystal Rhoades

Age: 36
Home: Omaha
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Coordinator of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative for Douglas County
Public offices held: Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors, 2007-present
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Family: Married; one child
Faith: Catholic
Website

Candidate stories


Endorsement: Rhoades is good choice to replace Boyle

John Sieler

Age: 68
Home: Omaha
Party: Republican
Occupation: Owner of Sieler and Associates, which makes printing and logo items
Public offices held: Nebraska State Board of Education, 2011-present
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Family: Married; four children
Faith: Protestant


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Important dates

Last day for Early Voting - 11/3

Election Day - 11/4

Voting information

Douglas County

Early voting application (PDF)

• More information: Douglas County Election Commission

Sarpy County

Early voting application (PDF)

• More information: Sarpy County Election Commission

Nebraska

Voter registration form (PDF)

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