Attorney Frank Shoemaker announced his candidacy today for the open legislative seat in the 44th District. Shoemaker will bring his experience farming in rural Furnas County and practicing law in McCook to Nebraska's State Legislature.
"This campaign is about improving the quality of life in rural Nebraska," said Shoemaker. "The health of our farm communities affects the economic health of the entire state. We must address the rising costs of inputs, the high price of production, and preserving the intent of Initiative 300. We must focus more attention on balancing the use of our invaluable water resources. It is also essential to identify products and entrepreneurs, and provide tools such as Nebraska Advantage to help them provide sustainable economic growth for Southwest Nebraska.
"The 44th District has a lot going for it. We have oil and gas production and produce renewable energy resources. The district has tremendous agricultural production as well as surface and underground water resources that include the great lakes of Nebraska. The 44th has two long-haul fiber-optic superhighways and has an infrastructure of hospitals, education facilities, roads, airports and businesses to preserve a quality of life unparalleled anywhere on this planet. It is our challenge to use our resources to preserve that quality of life and make it even stronger."
Shoemaker was born in 1948 in the Republican Valley Hospital in Cambridge and attended Cambridge Public High School. In 1971, Shoemaker graduated from Doane College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and then lived in Ecuador, S.A., as a member of the United States Peace Corps from 1971 to 1973. Shoemaker graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1978.