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Want to be a state senator without that election hassle? The governor’s looking for applicants

November 10, 2018

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Thursday that he is seeking people interested in filling two upcoming legislative vacancies.

One vacancy will be in District 1, which includes Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson Counties and part of Otoe County. The incumbent, State Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, won election to the Nebraska Public Service Commission on Tuesday.

The other vacancy will be in District 49, which covers the northwest quarter of Sarpy County. The incumbent there, Sen. John Murante of Gretna, was elected state treasurer.

Both senators must resign before being sworn in to their new offices. Ricketts will appoint people to fill the remaining two years of their terms. After that, the candidates then would have to seek election to stay in the Legislature.

Applicants must have lived within the respective districts for at least a year, be registered to vote and be at least 21 years old. The governor may also seek out additional candidates.

Applications can be completed online at governor.nebraska.gov. To find the executive appointment application, go to the “constituent services” tab and select “boards and commissions.” Applicants may include a cover letter, a résumé and additional background materials, which can be attached at the end of the online application.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Questions about the process can be directed to Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-2256 or kathleen.dolezal@nebraska.gov.

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