Democrat Kate Bolz files to run for Nebraska’s 1st District

February 4, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Democratic congressional hopeful Kate Bolz officially entered the race Tuesday for Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District.

Bolz, a state senator from Lincoln, filed papers to seek the seat held by eight-term U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican.

Bolz said she would work to ensure that people in the eastern Nebraska district have access to affordable health care. She said she would support legislation to lower prescription drug costs and promised never to take away insurance coverage from people with preexisting conditions.

“I’m running to represent you — to represent my friends and my neighbors,” Bolz said at a press conference with supporters at the Capitol. “You deserve someone who cares, someone who listens, someone who puts your interests first in Washington D.C.”


Bolz said she would also work to promote trade in a way that benefits farmers.

She faces an uphill battle against Fortenberry in the Republican-leaning district, which includes Lincoln, Fremont, Norfolk and Columbus.

Bolz has raised more than $133,000 since Oct. 1, around the time she declared her intention to run for the seat. She had about $75,000 in cash-on-hand as of the most recent filing period.

Fortenberry raised more than $482,000 last year and had $1.9 million in cash on hand.