A brand new state senator says she understands it will take work to hold on to the seat to which she has just been appointed.
Sen. Nicole Fox of Omaha, a dietician at Nebraska Medicine, has been appointed to the District 7 seat by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Fox, a Republican, says she plans to run to retain the seat vacated by Democrat Jeremy Nordquist.
“To sell myself to the district, I’m going to highlight my work background and what I do on a daily basis. I work with a wide variety of people at Nebraska Medicine,” Fox tells reporters during a news conference.
Fox is a registered dietician and medical nutrition instructor who works at Nebraska Medicine with cancer patients on their nutritional needs.
Fox faces an uphill battle to keep the seat.
Though the Unicameral is officially nonpartisan, party affiliation matters in certain districts. District 7 in southeastern Douglas County in Omaha has roughly twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans.
Sen. Nordquist stepped down at the end of this legislative session to become the chief of staff for Congressman Brad Ashford, a Democrat who worked with Nordquist before winning the Second Congressional seat in Omaha.
Fox has been politically active for the Nebraska Republican Party in Douglass County, though she had never held elective office until this appointment. She dismisses suggestions her party label could be a liability in the 2016 election.
Gov. Ricketts expects the district to embrace his appointee.
“So, I think Nicole brings just a tremendous amount to the table here and as she walks the district and talks to the residents and the businesses, they’re going to find they’ve got somebody who is going to a great advocate for the people of District 7.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]