Lincoln city councilmember Jane Raybould is the Democratic challenger as Republican U.S. Senator Deb Fischer runs for re-election.
This is the first of a two-part series.
Raybould has run statewide before, as Lt. Governor in the failed gubernatorial campaign of Chuck Hassebrook in 2014.
She says she learned a lot then. And now, as she talks to farmers, who tell her they’re deeply troubled by the Trump Administration’s trade war, some saying they haven’t experienced anything like the current economic outlook since the farm crisis of the 1980s.
“They’re acknowledging this Washington-made trade war that’s now turning into a Washington-made farm crisis,” Raybould tells Nebraska Radio Network in a sit-down interview at B&R Stores headquarters in Lincoln.
Raybould describes herself as a foursth-generation Nebraskan and a second-generation grocer. She works with her parents in running B&R which owns Russ’s Market among other grocery chains.
She has served on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners and has since been elected to the Lincoln City Council.
Raybould claims Nebraskans are frustrated by what they observe in Washington, D.C. She says partisan fighting has kept Congress from tackling difficult issues such as health care and immigration.
And Raybould further claims Sen. Fischer is part of the problem, claiming that Fischer embodies everything that’s wrong with Washington.
“She votes along party-lines 98% of the time. She’s accepted millions from lobbyists and corporate special interests,” Raybould says. “So, it’s no wonder she does their bidding and it means that she’s not listening to Nebraskans.”
For her part, Raybould pledges not to take any corporate PAC money, claiming such contributions have undue influence on Fischer.
Raybould acknowledges she is fighting an uphill battle in a Republican-dominated state. She doesn’t have the money Fischer has. The latest campaign finance disclosures show Raybould with $480,000 on hand with Fischer at $2.75 million. Still, Raybould says she has the money she needs to unseat the incumbent.
Tomorrow, Raybould discusses the issues in this campaign.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]