Senator Ebke to Seek Re-election
Crete, NE, September 3, 2017– State Senator Laura Ebke announced her intention today to seek re-election in 2018 to the legislative seat that she was elected to in 2014.
It has been a great honor for me to serve the citizens of the 32nd Legislative district for almost 3 years now. During that time, I’ve conducted 34 town hall events in 18 different towns and villages in the district, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people and places of the district even better than I had before.
During the session, I’ve sent out near-weekly eNewsletters, and I’ve submitted semi-regular letters to the newspapers in the district. This past session, I began an every-other-Thursday call in on KUTT 99.5 Radio, as another means of communication—in addition to maintaining an active social media presence and speaking to civic organizations and school groups throughout the district. I hope to be able to continue doing that through 2022, with a re-election in 2018.
Sen. Ebke noted that while her political leanings include smaller, more efficient government which she believes can mean lower taxes and economic development, she has attempted to take a pragmatic approach to politics while in the Legislature, and to find areas of compromise with those across the political spectrum. In July, she began a monthly event—The Political Brew—in Crete, in which she brings together colleagues in the Legislature and other political figures, to join in a public conversation as an effort to demonstrate that political opponents can be collegial, and have good conversation about political issues without engaging in name calling.
Ebke (the former Laura Schwab) was raised in Fairbury, graduated from Fairbury High School (’80), and married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Russ Ebke (FHS ’79). The Ebke’s have 3 children, and became grandparents for the first time in March.
Senator Ebke currently serves as the Chair of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, as well as Chair of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee (JROC) and the Legislature’s Special Oversight Committee for Corrections.
In addition to those positions, she also serves as a member of the Education Committee.
During the interim, Ebke—who has a PhD in Political Science—teaches as an adjunct instructor for Doane University’s Professional Studies Program.
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