Democrat Janet Stewart says she has the experience to become the state’s next Attorney General.
Stewart, an attorney from Fremont, is one of two Democrats in the primary.
“I really want to be an advocate on behalf of children and families here in Nebraska.” Stewart tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Now, the Attorney General’s office does have specific focus areas on child protection, domestic violence, and other areas that pertain to other vulnerable Nebraskans like senior citizens and that would be one area where I think I could make a good contribution.”
Stewart says she would concentrate on enforcing state law and protecting the rights of Nebraskans as Attorney General.
Stewart had planned to run against Republican Jon Bruning, until Bruning decided to abandon thoughts of running for re-election in favor of running for governor. Stewart has been unsuccessful in politics before. She lost a 2004 Congressional race and a 2010 race for Secretary of State.
The other Democrat in the race is Allan Eurek of Lincoln.
Stewart says she understands it is difficult to run as a Democrat in Nebraska, which is decidedly Republican.
“It is a challenge. You have to say that. I mean, I think the pathway for a Democratic candidate to succeed is to put together coalitions of voters that are supportive of you,” Stewart says. “I think there will be interest in my race, because I’m a woman running for higher office and actually one of the constitutional offices on the State Board of Pardons.”
Republicans in the Attorney General race include Doug Peterson, Pete Pirsch, Brian Buescher, and Mike Hilgers.