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Now is the time to throw your name in the hat to run for political office

With the 2024 election more than a year away, candidates are making plans and preparing for next year’s election season. While national attention is focused on the presidential race, here at home at least 10 candidates have already announced their intentions to make a run for the Nebraska Legislature.

“Twenty five of the 49 senators in the Legislature will be up for election in 2024. Due to mandatory term limits, 14 of the current senators will be term limited, making turnover in those districts a given,” said Jay Ferris, director of the NEFB-PAC. “Combining the outcome of the 2022 election where we saw 16 new senators, over 61% of our Legislature will be serving in their first four-year term at the start of the 2025 legislative session.”

So now it’s more important than ever to have quality individuals step up and run, not only for the Legislature, but for public office at all levels of local, state and national government. Good, quality people serving is essential for responsible government.

“If you know anyone interested in running for office, to be the next leader in our state and local communities, please let me know. We had tremendous successes this legislative session because of the candidates the NEFB-PAC endorsed. The reductions in property taxes we are seeing this session are directly linked to our NEFB-PAC support of Gov. Pillen and state senators who understand the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy,” Ferris said.

No matter the issue or the elective position, to be an effective leader you must first win your campaign. For the last 20 years, Nebraska Farm Bureau has hosted campaign training to give potential candidates the tools necessary to run effective/winning campaigns.

“I highly encourage anyone running for office to attend the Nebraska Farm Bureau Campaign School. This year the two-day seminar will be held Oct. 24 – 25 in Lincoln. Candidates, their spouses and campaign managers are all encouraged to attend. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Campaign School will give you the tools to run a successful, winning campaign,” Ferris said.

Candidates can find more information and/or register for the campaign school at www.nefb.org/campaigntraining or contact Jay Ferris (402) 421-4409.

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