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U.S. House District 2: Bacon vs. Eastman

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Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 4:29 PM CDT
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Incumbent Don Bacon and Kara Eastman are running for the U.S. House District 2 seat. District 2 covers Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Don Bacon (Incumbent)

Political Party: Republican

Hometown: Momence, IL

Current City: Papillion, NE

Kara Eastman

Political Party: Democrat

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current City: Omaha, NE

Previous work experience:
Bacon:

29.5 years in United States Air Force, retired as a Brigadier General

Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development, AF/A2, USAF HQ, Pentagon

Eastman:

I have more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations and serving local communities. I started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) and have grown it from a small, start-up lead poisoning prevention organization to a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe, and healthy housing in Omaha. Under my leadership, OHKA has directly served over 4,000 Nebraska families. In the process, I have created dozens of jobs at the organization, within the city government, and through partnerships with the small businesses and contractors I work with. I serve on the Board of the National Lead and Environmental Hazards Association, based out of Washington, D.C. I have been a board member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and have served as an appointed member of the Mayor of Omaha's Fair Housing Advisory Board.

Family/family background:
Bacon:

I grew up on a farm in small town Illinois, learning the value of honesty, integrity, and a strong work ethic. I married my college sweetheart Angie after graduation and joined the Air Force the following year. Over the next three decades I had 16 assignments, four deployments, and commanded twice at wing level (Ramstein AFB, Offutt AFB). I also earned two Master's Degrees during my career. Angie and I have four children and just welcomed our fourth grandchild.

Eastman:

I was born in Evanston, IL, grew up in Chicago and attended high school in South Florida. My mother was an artist, cleaned apartments, and a saleswoman. I met my husband, Scott, at college in California and we have one daughter, Sabina, who is in her senior year of high school.

What was your very first job?
Bacon:

Working on the family farm, baling hay and cleaning animal pens.

Eastman:

I was a food server, an English tutor for migrant workers, a Spanish tutor, and for one Easter season, the Easter Bunny.

What life achievements are you most proud of?
Bacon:

I'm most proud of my family. Angie and I have four amazing children and four beautiful grandkids, and nothing I've ever done compares to them.

Eastman:

I grew Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance from a staff of two people, to an organization with 10 staff that has raised more than $13 million to help establish healthy homes for children in Omaha.

What would be the first thing you do once elected?
Bacon:

I have accomplished more in Congress than any freshman Representative from this district in decades. But, much work remains. We need to fix immigration, help get more people back to work, and reform our healthcare system to lower costs and increase transparency. I look forward to doing all of these things during my next term.

Eastman:

I have promised to address healthcare, education, and the environment when I get elected. These are the top three issues concerning voters in NE-02. They are also the biggest moral issues facing young people in our country.

Why should voters choose you in this election?
Bacon:

I made promises during my first campaign in 2016, and I've kept every single one: cutting taxes for more than 90% of Nebraskans, funding CHIP and Community Health Centers, voting for a stronger border and legal status for DACA recipients, taking better care of our veterans, and rebuilding our military. We've had many accomplishments, but much work remains. This election is about you: your job, your family, your future. I'm grateful for your support!

Eastman:

I am a social worker. I have over 20 years of experience in public service that will allow me to effectively work together with other members of Congress to get things done.

I am running because I believe we need regular people in government who represent real people rather than lobbyists, corporations, or political parties.

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