A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge the re-election of Congressman Lee Terry.
Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen has announced he will run for the seat currently held by Terry, a Republican.
Festersen had previously stated he would not enter the 2014 United States House race, but says the government shutdown and Congressman Terry’s reaction to it made him reconsider. Festersen says the statement only demonstrates change is needed; that people are needed in Washington who will work together to get things done regardless of party.
Terry initially stated he would not give up his paycheck during the federal government shutdown, because he had a nice house and a child in college. He since has apologized for the statement and pledged not to receive a salary until Congress provides the funding necessary to re-open the government.
Festersen says the state of affairs in the country has gotten worse over the last month and like many his frustration is growing day by day. He says shutting down the federal government is no way to run a country and he hopes to be part of a movement to change that.
Festersen says his interest remains in the 2nd Congressional District and he remains focused on the Omaha area. Festersen contends the biggest problems in Washington reside in the House and he wants to be part of the movement to change the make-up of the House.
Terry first won election to the United States House in 1998.