LINCOLN – As expected, Governor Pete Ricketts has announced a special election for the open seat in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District. The election will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The Governor set the date for the special election in consultation with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office.
It was widely speculated that Governor Ricketts would wait until April 1st to set date allowing the resignation of Representative Jeff Fortenberry to become official. The Governor has received and accepted Rep. Fortenberry’s resignation, which became effective when the United States Congress adjourned on March 31, 2022.
The executive committees of both the Republican and Democrat parties will now nominate an individual to run in the 1st Congressional District special election in June. So far, there are two candidates vying for the nomination on the Republican ticket – State Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk and John Glen Weaver of Bellevue.
Democrat candidates include State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks and Jazari Kual Zakaria, both of Lincoln. The Republican and Democrat Parties have until April 22nd to pick their candidates for the special election. The same deadline applies to people who wish to appear on the ballot by petition. Two thousand valid signatures must be submitted by the deadline by anyone who wishes to petition onto the special election ballot.
Nebraska’s First Congressional District is comprised of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Seward, and Stanton counties, and parts of Sarpy and Polk counties.
The special election will be the second of three votes cast for Nebraska’s next 1st District Congressional seat this year. The first will be in the May 10 primary — because of the timing, Fortenberry’s name will still appear on that ballot — then the special election on June 28, and finally the November 8th general election to decide who fills the seat for the next term beginning in January of 2023.
Fortenberry announced his resignation two days after being found guilty of lying to federal investigators. June 28 is also the date Fortenberry will be sentenced in California. Fortenberry faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He could also face no jail time.
Additional information about the upcoming special election will be available through the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website at sos.nebraska.gov.