OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha mental health counselor, Alisha Shelton announced a run for the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional seat on Tuesday.
In a social media post Shelton said, "Nebraskans have been left behind by DC politicians like Don Bacon for far too long – It's time we had an advocate in Congress, not a politician."
Following Shelton's announcement, the Douglas County Republican Party responded with a news release.
“We are confident that the voters in Nebraska’s 2nd District will stick with Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-02) who stands for the principles and values important to our district: defense of our nation, support for our law enforcement, and limited government," said Christian Mirch, Douglas County Republican Party Chairman.
Shelton released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m running for Congress because working Nebraskans need good jobs, affordable health care, and higher wages. Growing up, my mom would say, ‘We have to pay attention. When somebody needs us, we have to be there for them.’ That has been my mantra my whole life. I’ve been paying attention, and I see that so many hard-working families in Nebraska are ready for a brighter future. As a therapist, I always do whatever I can to help my patients; and that’s the same approach I’ll bring to Congress,” Shelton said.
Shelton ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020 and finished third in the Democratic Party primary.