Republican Don Bacon to challenge Democrat Brad Ashford in second district

The general election will be held November 8th. (Photo by Grant Gerlock, NET News)
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May 11, 2016 - 1:45am

The ballot is set for Nebraska's second Congressional district where Democrat Brad Ashford is defending his House seat for the first time. His general election opponents include Republican Don Bacon and Libertarian Steven Laird.

Democrat Brad Ashford is running for reelection after his first term serving as Representative for Nebraska’s second Congressional district, which covers the Omaha metro area.

His Republican opponent will be Don Bacon, after Bacon won his primary against Chip Maxwell with two-thirds of the vote. Maxwell has endorsed Bacon for the general election.

Republican second district candidate Don Bacon. (Photo courtesy of the campaign)

Democrat Brad Ashford was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014. (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

A third candidate in the race will be Steven Laird who won the Libertarian nomination to run for the second district seat.

Speaking at his victory party, Republican Don Bacon said his military credentials will serve him well in the general election among voters concerned about national security. Bacon is a retired Air Force general who once led Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb.

“We need people who understand what’s going on with ISIS (and) the Middle East,” Bacon said. “I’d be the most senior retired military officer (in Congress). We have a record low number of veterans. So we need that voice.”

One of the main issues in the Republican primary was immigration. Bacon says there should be options for undocumented immigrants to gain legal status, but not citizenship.

“I do think when someone breaks the law there has to be accountability and there are surely those who have a criminal background, they need to go back home,” Bacon said. “Those who would be dependent on the taxpayers, they should go back home.”

In an interview last week with NET News, Democrat Brad Ashford said he supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are contributing to society and not breaking the law.

“Many of the undocumented individuals here in our state overstayed visas and finding a way where they can reinstate their status and earn their citizenship or earn their right to be here is to me the way to go,” Ashford said.

In this closely divided district the result of the Presidential race could have an impact. Republican Don Bacon says he will put most of his focus on his own race, but he will support Donald Trump as the assumed Republican presidential candidate.



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