Imagine your own response in confronting a ballot with the following two names as your choices for representation in the Nebraska Legislature:
- Brenda Council
- Ernie Chambers
One resident in that district, in confronting such a choice when filling out her early voting ballot, recognized these two individuals constitute no choice at all for herself or other hardworking taxpayers in the district. So, she decided to take a giant step, as noted below.
Susan Smith has decided to run as a write in candidate for this Tuesday's May 15 Primary for Nebraska Legislature District 11.
- In Nebraska primary elections, the top two vote-getters go forward onto the ballot for the General Election in November.
- Because primary voter turnout is low - a shockingly low 23% on average in Nebraska - the number of write in votes Susan needs to succeed in beating either Council or Chambers is lower than one might think, so the effort is worth attempting.
- Susan did develop a solid plan for a short-fuse write in campaign and as of 8pm Monday night, each point on that plan was in motion. She has already heard from many interested volunteers and flyers and signs were being distributed.
More help in such efforts is always needed, so again, we encourage anyone in the position to do so, to do what they can. Here's what you can do:
- If you live in District 11 and are a registered voter, please write in Susan Smith
- Forward / send this article to as many of your friends, family, and other contacts who you know would like to see someone other than Brenda Council or Ernie Chambers in one of Nebraska's 49 legislative seats in January 2013
- Consider helping Susan on Tuesday, especially if you are in Omaha, by contacting her to volunteer to do a sign wave or to hand out flyers
- Encourage your contacts to share the information
FLYER: Download and print
Or, click HERE to view a PDF online
If you would like to know the location of District 11, the best way to truly see the district is on the hi-res PDF format version, available by clicking on the image below:
Susan's campaign website:
Campaign videos - email subscribers, click HERE to visit the site and watch the videos:
Why GiN is involved:
We have jumped in to help and are encouraging others to do so. Why? District 11 voters have had 40 years of representation, first by Ernie Chambers 1971 - 2009, and since 2009, Brenda Council. Truly, fellow Nebraskans, is that alone not enough reason?
Beyond that, we applaud Susan Smith's willingness to take on this challenge, under tough circumstances in a tough district, and that's why we've offered help. We do note, for the record, we do not agree 100% on policy issues and have been clear in our discussions regarding helping her that, should she make it onto the November ballot, we would like to have some conversation about a few particular issues, to have an opportunity to provide a factual basis for our position and to request she give the information due consideration. Finally, we have also noted that, should Susan win the November election and become a member of the Unicameral, we will monitor her voting record as closely as any other elected official.
Finally, however, even though we do not agree with Susan 100%, I think that our disagreements with Ernie Chambers and Brenda Council's policy positions are likely near, if not actually, 100% opposed.