WAYNE – As the final hour closed Monday evening for non-incumbents to file for the 2020 primary, the District 17 legislative seat will now have a contested election.
According to a release from Sheryl Lindau Monday just after 4 p.m., the former mayor of Wayne announced her candidacy for the District 17 Senator position in the Nebraska Legislature. The seat, which comprises Wayne, Thurston and Dakota counties is currently being held by Joni Albrecht of Thurston. Senator Albrecht has filed for her re-election.
In the release, Lindau stated she, ‘spent many years working in public service, in education and as a small business owner and is confident her background in these areas will serve the constituents very well if District 17 voters give her the honor to represent them in the Unicameral.’
During her time in Wayne, Lindau owned a retail clothing store from 1986 to 1995 while holding the mayor position from 1994 to 2004. She also spent time on the Nebraska State College Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2004, served as president of the Nebraska League of Municipalities from 2003-04 and worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands from 2007 until her retirement in 2015.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Lindau plans on holding listening meetings throughout District 17 as she wants to ‘learn what people are most concerned about.’ A concern that Lindau also pointed out in her candidacy release was how partisan the state of Nebraska’s politics have become. She doesn’t believe there are two-party (Republican/Democratic) answers to the state’s problems, but only Nebraska answers.
An updated list of statewide candidates is posted weekly on the Secretary of State website. Other information for the May 12 primary and November 3 general election can be found on the Secretary of State website at https://sos.nebraska.gov/.