Former Congressman Brad Ashford lost his re-election bid, but isn’t done with public service.
Ashford, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid to Republican Don Bacon.
“I’m not ready to retire,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ashford served in the Unicameral prior to running for Congress against veteran Republican Lee Terry two years ago. Ashford defeated Terry, a Republican, yet failed to win re-election. Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base, defeated Ashford in a close race for the Second Congressional District.
Ashford says he wants to continue his work in politics, whether on the state or national level. Ashford says he would like to work toward making our system of government more responsive to the people.
Two issues stand out.
The Citizens United case, according to Ashford, has allowed so-called dark money into politics; contributions made in secret often used to fund harsh attacks on candidates. He also worries about the effect of gerrymandering on Congressional districts, that it can distort representation in Congress.
“I believe that the biggest issue of our time right now, really, is to make sure that government is more transparent and that we work across the (political) aisle to solve tough problems,” Ashford says. “So, that to me is the largest issue. There is always going to be an issue to agree and disagree on, but to me that’s the number one thing.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]