Two Democratic Nebraska Women Work to Make History in Congressional Races

The Nebraska Democratic Party stands with state Sen. Kate Bolz and Kara Eastman as they work to make history in the November election.

Nebraska has never sent a Democratic woman to Congress. We now have a great opportunity to send TWO: Eastman in CD2 and Bolz in CD1.

Chair Jane Kleeb is proud of both Kate Bolz and Kara Eastman:

“Kara dedicated the last decade of her life ensuring lead was not poisoning our kids in Omaha,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “When she walks the halls of Congress, it won’t be to cut deals for a select few — she is running for climate action and healthcare for all Nebraskans. Kara will make history as the first woman in the House representing the Second Congressional District.

Senator Bolz is a daughter of the district, growing up on her family farm and serving the people of our state in the legislature for eight years,” Kleeb said. “Our family farmers and ranchers along with the growing city of Lincoln interests will finally be served when Bolz makes history as the only woman to represent the First Congressional District.”  

Eastman and Bolz are enthusiastic about each other’s campaigns:

Said Eastman: I am very excited and enthused to endorse Sen. Kate Bolz for Congress. Kate is a social worker like me and we need more smart, compassionate and effective women in Washington. We all know Fortenberry has ignored the needs of his district for over a decade. I am looking forward to an historic election in 2020 when the voters seat not just one but two female Democrats in Congress.”

Said Bolz: “Kara Eastman’s lifelong commitment to children and the environment shows that she is someone Nebraskans can trust to represent our values and interests. She will be a hard working, passionate, and formidable Member of Congress and a force for good in Washington. I’m proud to endorse her and eager to work with her in Congress.”

EASTMAN ENDORSEMENT QUOTES

Richard Register, First Associate Chair:Nebraska Democrats have put forth candidates that reflect the differences in their districts. Both Kate Bolz and Kara Eastman are strong and impressive women that will be fierce competitors. When all shades of blue band together, we cannot be stopped.”  

Preston Love Jr.,  Second Associate Chair: “No matter the outcome of the Presidential election, policy and spending resides in Congress. We need strong independent, constituency-based representatives. With Kara Eastman and Senator Kate Bolz. we will get just that! I enthusiastically endorse them both.”

Patty Zieg, National Committeewoman: “We need Kara Eastman in Congress to help
decency win out over a pervasive corruption of institutions which Rep. Bacon aids and abets.”

Ron Kaminski, National Committeeman:  “Kara Eastman has fought to protect people her whole career. She will represent all Nebraskans in Congress, not just the rich and well connected. It’s time we all get to work to get her elected.”

Charlene Ligon, Secretary:  “Kara Eastman will be a bold and compassionate leader for the 2nd Congressional District. She is committed to protecting and expanding access to quality, affordable health care, investing in education, and increasing economic opportunity for all Nebraskans. Kara has proven that she can win the tough fights and has what it takes to flip this seat. I am proud to stand with Kara.”

Ben Cass, CD2 Chair: “Our district and our country needs real solutions now more than ever. Kara Eastman will bring sensible reforms to help our working families, fix our broken healthcare system, and protect our democracy.”

Judy Vohland, CD3 Chair: “Kara is focused on working for all people in Congressional District 2.  She will ensure her constituents are heard and she will represent everyone of them.”

Bud Pettigrew, Chair of County Chairs: “Kara will be a new, strong quality leader for Nebraska when she becomes a member of the Congress. I highly endorse her and I can’t wait to see her  doing the job that all of us know she can do.”

Joe Shaw, Nebraska Stonewall Democrats Chair: “I wholeheartedly endorse Kara Eastman for CD2. It will be great to have a congresswoman representing CD2 who actually listens to and supports the LGBTQ community. In fact, we believe Kara Eastman will be a leader on our issues in Congress.” 

C.J. King, Working Families Caucus Chair: “The Working Families Caucus endorses Kara Eastman for Congress in CD-2. We need someone in Washington who is committed to lowering health care costs for all workers!”

Sharlette Schwenninger, Women’s Caucus Chair: “The Second Congressional District deserves a representative in the House of Representatives who will work to provide healthcare for everyone, who will work to protect the environment, the rights of women to control their bodies and who understands the struggles and triumphs of the diverse communities in the District. Kara Eastman will do those things and more.”

Dulce Sherman, Latinx Caucus Chair: “Nebraskans need to give Kara Eastman a winning chance to represent CD2 as our Congresswomen.  She has demonstrated that she is willing to work hard for the people of Nebraska.   We need someone who will represent Latinos, who is bilingual in both Spanish and English, and not afraid to talk about Immigration solutions. As the LatinX Caucus Chair, “I support Kara Eastman because she will advocate for us all.”  

D.J. Jennings, Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair: “The second district and Omaha deserve fair representation in Congress and someone willing to fight for Nebraskan values. We need a representative who’s willing to ask tough questions, make tough decisions and not take orders from anyone but their constituents. I endorse Kara Eastman for Congress.”

Rachele Walter, Secular Democrats Chair: Nebraska Secular Democrats is very excited to endorse Kara Eastman in her campaign to flip CD2. Her platform and community engagement align with the ideals and goals of NSD and we embrace her forward progress.”

Gina Frank, Climate Caucus Chair: “I am excited to work with Kara Eastman on making strides for the climate. The current occupant of the NE02 seat has shown time and again that he is not only unwilling to listen to the constituents of CD2, he also doesn’t care about making sure the planet is habitable for future generations. Kara Eastman is a strong advocate for the Green New Deal. Kara has made a commitment to not only working toward economic recovery after this pandemic, but making sure solutions are ones that combat climate change.  She is also committed to making sure vulnerable populations have access to energy efficient housing that will not only benefit their economic situation, but also the planet. She will be an excellent advocate in Congress.” 

Bolz Endorsement Quotes

Richard Register, First Associate Chair:Nebraska Democrats have put forth candidates that reflect the differences in their districts. Both Kate Bolz and Kara Eastman are strong and impressive women that will be fierce competitors. When all shades of blue band together, we cannot be stopped.”  

Preston Love Jr., Second Associate Chair: “No matter the outcome of the Presidential election, policy and spending resides in Congress. We need strong independent, constituency-based representatives. With Kara Eastman and Senator Kate Bolz. we will get just that! I enthusiastically endorse them both.”

Patty Zieg, National Committeewoman: “Kate Bolz shows her loyalty every day to our Nebraska community and to our values.  We need a real Nebraskan, not a rubber stamp in Congress.”

Ron Kaminski, National Committeeman: “Sen. Kate Bolz has been an amazing leader for the working class in Lincoln and I know she will represent Nebraska well in Congress. It’s time we all get to work to get her elected.”

Charlene Ligon, Secretary: “I have known Kate Bolz for several years and have witnessed her outstanding leadership in the Nebraska Unicameral.  She is passionate and humble, yet she is a fighter when she needs to be. I am proud to endorse such an amazing woman who can definitely hold her own in the U.S. Congress.”

Ben Cass, CD2 Chair: “Kate Bolz has spent years in the Nebraska Legislature understanding and supporting Nebraskan values. I’m confident she will be a strong voice in Congress fighting for all Nebraskans.”

Judy Vohland, CD3 Chair: “Kate Bolz has eight years experience in the Nebraska State Legislature.  She knows how to collaborate with her peers in order to get bills completed that will be in the best interest of her constituents.  Kate will represent all Nebraskans.”

Bud Pettigrew, Chair of County Chairs: “I have known Kate Boltz for a very long time. She has been an outstanding State Senator.  She has stepped up to the challenge to become a U.S. Congresswoman. She has great talent and very strong work ethic. I highly endorse her.”

Sharlette Schwenninger, Women’s Caucus Chair: “Senator Kate Bolz’s background is the perfect formula for a congressperson; from growing up in a rural community to a career focused on serving others to her record in the Legislature in working with opposing viewpoints to legislate effectively. I believe her voice is needed in Congress and that she will work to represent everyone in CD1.”

Dulce Sherman, Latinx Caucus Chair: “Kay Bolz will be a strong CD1 Congresswomen because of her legislative and healthcare experiences.  As the LatinX Caucus Chair, I support Kay because she is a strong proponent of affordable healthcare and willing to take on the pharmaceutical companies. 

C.J. King, Working Families Caucus Chair: “The Working Families Caucus is excited to endorse Kate Bolz for Congress!  Kate has demonstrated she will work with everyone to get results!  WFC looks forward to seeing a change in leadership and someone who wants to change Washington and put Nebraska workers first!”

Joe Shaw, Chair, Nebraska Stonewall Democrats: “Kate Bolz has been a stalwart supporter of LGBTQ rights, and our caucus is happy to endorse her in CD1. Kate will sign on as an endorser of the Equality Act, making anti-discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing and employment the law of the land.” 

DJ Jennings, Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair:  “Senator Bolz has been a strong leader in the legislature and welcoming representative of her district. She’s open to new ideas, asks tough questions and will represent all of district one well, regardless of party or political views. I endorse Kate Bolz to represent Nebraska and Offutt AFB.”

Rachele Walter, Secular Democrats Chair: “Kate Bolz is the breath of fresh air CD1 needs to clear 16 years of Fortenberry stagnation. Her representation is the step forward we need for a stronger Nebraska and Secular Democracy.”

Gina Frank, Climate Caucus Chair: “Kate Bolz has proven, in her time as a state Senator that she is thoughtful and hard working and willing to talk with her constituents. I’m excited at the potential of having a real representative in Congress. Our rural communities are the stewards of our land and on the front line against climate change and they are a huge part of the solution.  I have no doubt that Kate will represent this blended district with all the grace, dignity, and grit that we deserve in a representative.”

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