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2022 Midterm Election Guide

OMAHA CITY CHARTER | STATE AMENDMENTS & BALLOT INITIATIVES | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES | GOVERNOR | STATE SCHOOL BOARD | STATE SENATE | DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY | JUDGES


The 2022 midterms are coming up FAST, with issues like reproductive justice, gay and transgender rights, policing, sex education and more all shaping the discourse.

General reminders:

  • Monday, Nov 7 (Last day to vote early in-person)

  • Election Day (Nov 8, polls open 8 AM to 8 PM, last day to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location by 8 PM)

Election resources:


ON VOTING

As a leftist organization, we don't believe that electoral politics alone will save us. However, many (mostly local) elections offer opportunities to improve our communities and slow down outright harm. We also understand feeling disillusioned with voting at all. Everyone has to make the choice that feels right for them.


The debate rages on, but at the end of the day, someone needs to keep an eye on the boring particulars of local government so that as a community, we can know what we're up against. A vote isn’t a love letter (and neither is this guide!) and should never be the end of your political activity! Turn in your ballot, if that’s the right choice for you, and then make a plan for sustainable community engagement and organizing.


Here are some ideas for building community outside the voting precinct:

Donate, share, and help fundraise for community members in need

Support workers who are trying to unionize or striking for better conditions

Support organizations that advocate for disability justice

Cop-watch

Support organizations that advocate for incarcerated or system-impacted people (many of whom cannot vote)

Donate to or volunteer at abortion clinics and abortion funds

Show up to and organize rallies, marches, and protests

 

OMAHA CITY CHARTER

A special shout-out to Dr. Erin Feichhtinger, Scott Blake, and Arjav Rawal (The Reader), whose advocacy and writing helped us navigate these initiatives.

Charter Amendment 1, Councilmember Replacement Vote Measure

Charter Amendment 2, Mayor Disability Measure

Charter Amendment 3, Council President Line of Succession and Meeting Requirement in the Event of an Emergency Measure

Charter Amendment 4, Cash Reserve Fund Increase Measure

Charter Amendment 5, Master Plan to Address Development Measure

STATE AMENDMENTS & BALLOT INITIATIVES

Nebraska Amendment 1, Authorize Local Governments to Develop Commercial Air Travel Service Amendment

Nebraska Initiative 432, Photo Voter Identification Initiative

Nebraska Initiative 433, Minimum Wage Increase Initiative

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

*Incumbent

Note: Candidate positions and stances were sourced from official campaign sites, Vote Smart, the Nebraska Legislature bill search, and voting guides mentioned previously in this article. These are not endorsements, nor is this an exhaustive list of positions, but includes issues that our team knows to be important to Strongly Worded Letters supporters.

Congressional District 1

Mike Flood (R)*

Patty Pansing-Brooks (D)

Congressional District 2

Don Bacon (R)*

Tony Vargas (D)

Congressional District 3

Adrian Smith (R)

David Else (D)

Mark Elworth Jr. (Legal Marijuana Now Party)

GOVERNOR

*Incumbent

Note: Candidate positions and stances were sourced from official campaign sites, Vote Smart, the Nebraska Legislature bill search, and voting guides mentioned previously in this article. These are not endorsements, nor is this an exhaustive list of positions, but includes issues that our team knows to be important to Strongly Worded Letters supporters.


Jim Pillen (R)

Carol Blood (D)

NEBRASKA STATE SCHOOL BOARD

*Incumbent

Note: Candidate positions and stances were sourced from official campaign sites, Vote Smart, the Nebraska Legislature bill search, and voting guides mentioned previously in this article. These are not endorsements, nor is this an exhaustive list of positions, but includes issues that our team knows to be important to Strongly Worded Letters supporters.

District 5

Kirk Penner* (appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts)

Helen Raikes

District 6

Danielle Helzer

Sherry Jones

District 7

Robin Stevens

Elizabeth Tegtmeier

District 8

Marni Hodgen

Deborah Neary*

NEBRASKA STATE SENATE

*Incumbent

Note: Candidate positions and stances were sourced from official campaign sites, Vote Smart, the Nebraska Legislature bill search, and voting guides mentioned previously in this article. These are not endorsements, nor is this an exhaustive list of positions, but includes issues that our team knows to be important to Strongly Worded Letters supporters.

District 2

Robert Clements*

Sarah Slattery

District 4

R. Brad von Gillern

Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek

District 6

Machaela Cavanaugh*

Christian Mirch

District 8

Marilyn Asher

Megan Hunt*

District 10

Wendy DeBoer*

Lou Ann Goding

District 12

Robin Richards

Merv Riepe

District 14

John Arch*

Cori Villegas

District 16

Ben Hansen*

Connie Petersen

District 18

Christy Armendariz

Michael Young

District 20

Stuart Dornan

John Fredrickson

District 22

Mike Moser*

District 24

Patrick Hotovy

Jana Hughes

District 26

Russ Barger

George Dungan III

District 28

Roy Christensen

Jane Raybould

District 30

Myron Dorn*

District 31 (Special Election)

Kathleen Kauth* (Appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts)

Anti-abortion, endorsed by anti-abortion group Nebraska Right to Life, opposed COVID-19 mask mandates

Tim Royers

District 32

Tom Brandt*

District 34

Loren Lippincott

Michael Reimers

District 36

Rick Holdcroft

Angie Lauritsen

District 38

Tyler Cappel

Dave Murman*

District 40

Barry DeKay

Keith Kube

District 42

Chris Bruns

Michael Jacobson*

District 44

Teresa Ibach

District 46

James Michael Bowers

Danielle Conrad

District 48

Brian Hardin

Don Lease II

DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY

*Incumbent

Note: Candidate positions and stances were sourced from official campaign sites, Vote Smart, the Nebraska Legislature bill search, and voting guides mentioned previously in this article. These are not endorsements, nor is this an exhaustive list of positions, but includes issues that our team knows to be important to Strongly Worded Letters supporters.


Don Kleine* (R)

Dave Pantos (D)

NEBRASKA SUPREME & APPELLATE COURTS

Our limited time and resources kept us from completing this section. However, please check out the resources below:

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