Nebraska state Sen. McCollister announces re-election bid

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska state senator from Omaha has announced his plans to seek re-election next year.

Sen. John McCollister is planning a campaign kickoff event on Sept. 6 at the Market Basket, a restaurant and bar in Omaha.

McCollister was first elected in 2014 to represent District 20, an area that covers central Omaha. He is a registered Republican but often works with Democrats in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. McCollister pitches himself as a lawmaker who will work to build broad coalitions of support for legislation.

McCollister is the son of the late U.S. Rep. John Y. McCollister, who represented the Omaha-centric 2nd congressional district from 1971 to 1977.