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Preston Love to be Democratic write-in candidate for U.S. Senate

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Preston Love, longtime community leader and political advocate, announced Thursday that he will be the Democratic write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 election. Love is endorsed by the Nebraska Democratic Party. 

Voters can simply write-in “Preston Love” and fill-in in the oval next to his name under the U.S. Senate portion of their ballot. Please print so it’s readable!

“2020 has been a unique year. Many of our young people can’t go to school, many of our adults are not working, evictions are at an all-time high, disparities for people of color have finally become recognized, and our elderly are chronically at-risk,” Love said. 

“The 2020 election is also unique. We have a president who is telling us to illegally vote twice, who lies, is racist, misogynistic and divisive. Our Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, while sometimes verbally disagreeing with the president, continues to vote with him time after time and has yet to stand up to Trump for our Gold Star and Blue Star families or for the disadvantaged and minorities so hurt by COVID. I stand before you ready to serve. Love will combat hate. Love will begin to heal the hurt all across our state. All you need to do is write-in Love on your ballot.”

Preston Love worked in the civil rights movement alongside many icons of the movement and has remained passionate about continuing that work in his hometown neighborhood of North Omaha. He is presently teaching Black Studies and Politics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a author of 5 books and is the founder and CEO of the Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement and 4Urban.org.

Read full press release. Watch the announcement.

Background: The NDP withdrew support from Chris Janicek after learning he sexually harassed a staff member. The party endorsed Alsiha Shelton to replace Chris Janciek, however he refused demands to withdraw his candidacy as the Democratic nominee. Because there is no law in the state of Nebraska where a political party can petition the Secretary of State for a candidate to be removed from their partisan ballot line, the party voted to run a write-in candidate. Other Democrats who ran in the primary, including Alisha Shelton, are precluded by state law from running as a write-in in the general election. The party chose to endorse Preston Love as our candidate for U.S. Senate. 

Federal candidates in Lancaster County: Joe Biden, President; Kate Bolz for Congress. See all Democratic candidates.

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