Business owner and former city councilwoman Judy Pederson of North Platte announced Monday that she will mount a write-in campaign for Legislative District 42, challenging Sen. Mike Groene.
Pederson missed the deadline for a challenger to file on March 1.
Pederson said the people of district 43 want “the ability to keep more of the money we work hard to earn. I’m running to bring our community’s values back to the state legislature.”
Like Groene, Pederson is a Republican. The seat is non-partisan.
Pederson served two terms on the city council from 2004-2012. She has taken a role in many civic events, including school functions, the development of recreation trails, housing studies, fundraising for the hospital and the establishment of a splash pad in Memorial Park.
She is currently on the board of the Twin Platte Natural Resources District. She filed for re-election for that seat, but withdrew her name before the slate was finalized.
Pederson owned Pro Printing of North Platte until late 2017, when the company merged with Firespring Print and Marketing of Lincoln.
Her husband Dave is an attorney and the former chairman of the board at Great Plains Health hospital. Dave’s father is former state senator Don Pederson, who served 10 years in the legislature.
“Lincoln County is a special place,” Judy said. “This community is where Dave and I raised our families, where we built our businesses, and ultimately where we’ve chosen to spend our lives and work to make our community the best it can be.”
Judy Pederson cited “the values of Lincoln County residents” in her announcement.
“We work hard, balance our family budgets, we respect each other and expect an efficient government that doesn’t make our lives more difficult through burdensome taxes and regulations. Those are the values I will take to the state Capitol as a representative of the people of Lincoln County,” she said.
On the primary election ballot, there will be a line to write her name in for the seat.
Pederson will need 807 votes in the primary to advance to the general election in November, said Laura Strimple of the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office. That number represents 5% of the Lincoln County votes cast for president in the 2016 general election.
(This report was updated Tuesday, March 13.)