Wilmot files for Legislature
BEAVER CITY -- Kathy Wilmot, resident of Beaver City, has announced she is a candidate for the District 44 Legislative seat in southwest Nebraska.
Born and raised on a farm in Furnas County, Wilmot said it is "important for our children and grandchildren to have the opportunity to live in communities where family is valued and where they can live wholesome, healthy lives."
As a former teacher in Nebraska's rural public schools, Wilmot said she knows first-hand that students can receive a high-quality academic education in rural school settings.
To revitalize rural Nebraska, Wilmot said it is important to reduce red tape and costly regulations that discourage new business and beginning farmers.
"We must work together to protect our water and property rights while at the same time holding government mandates and regulations at bay," Wilmot says.
"I believe in local control and local decision making. After all, the people of Southwest Nebraska know best what is needed in our area."
Wilmot, a Republican, is pro-life and says she is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
"It is also important that we focus on strengthening law enforcement and interventions that will limit and remove the criminal element in our rural areas," she says.
Wilmot said she is no stranger to the campaign trail after representing the western 35 counties of Nebraska on the State Board of Education for eight years.
While on the Board, Wilmot said she worked to reduce or eliminate state mandates that often resulted in increased costs to local districts.
She said she also worked to preserve parental rights and to lessen state requirements that reduce the time teachers have actually to teach.
Wilmot has been employed for 17 years at the Norton Correctional Facility.
Positions held there include staff development specialist, public information officer and policy, procedure and compliance manager.
Before that, Wilmot was employed at the McCook Department of Social Services office and was an Administrator for Bethphage Mission and Nebraska Mental Retardation Services.
"My early experiences as the 'hired man' helping my dad with field work and milking cows for our Grade-A dairy probably contributed to my respect and concern for the farmers of today and tomorrow," Wilmot said.
"My husband and I are just in the beginning stages of establishing a Gelbvieh seedstock operation."
The Wilmot's have three children who are married. "Thanks to our three children and their spouses, we have six grandchildren who are our delights. So you see, I have many reasons to work together with the residents of southwest Nebraska as we secure a prosperous life for the future generations of this area."
"For several years I have maintained a Web site to help Nebraskans remain informed on issues at the state and national levels," Wilmot said.
"Individuals interested in joining our team can contact me through the Web site. Together, we can make southwest Nebraska stronger and better."