U.S. House - District 1

Democrat Jessica McClure is challenging Republican incumbent Jeff Fortenberry for office.

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  • UNL professor files ethics complaint, alleging Fortenberry's chief of staff threatened him over Facebook post (Nov. 2, 2018)
  • In 1st District race, Fortenberry touts work over seven terms, McClure says it's time for change (Sept. 2, 2018)
  • Candidates

    Jeff Fortenberry




    Public offices heldU.S. House of Representatives, 2005-present; Lincoln City Council, 1997-2001
    EducationBachelor’s degree, Louisiana State University; master’s degrees, Georgetown University and Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
    FamilyMarried, five children

    Jessica McClure

    Regulatory Compliance Specialist, recently resigned for the Congressional race.


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationBachelor’s degree in chemistry, Grand Valley State University; Juris Doctor, Florida Coastal School of Law.; Graduate certificate in pharmaceutical chemistry, University of Florida, Undergraduate certificate in accounting technology.
    FamilyMarried, 1 child
    Key issueI’m passionate about healthcare and universal coverage. I support a public option for Medicare, opening it up to individuals and small businesses, while retaining ACA’s essential benefits. I support allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices on pharmaceuticals, and holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for price gouging. I support public schools by fighting against federal practices that fund school choice programs by taking money from public schools. I’m concerned about the rising cost of higher education. Student loan interest rates are too high. Graduates have a huge debt load. Thus, I'd like to create a Federal-State Partnership addressing education in underserved areas.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046