Legislative race to highlight election

Kate Sullivan/Paul EurekOne more week remains in the general election season, and the race for the District 41 seat in Nebraska’s Legislature is shaping up as the most active contest in the Boone County area.

Both Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids and Paul Eurek of Loup City have been very busy campaigning throughout the area.

The winner of this race will succeed current District 41 State Senator Vickie McDonald, who will be leaving office because of the term limits law.

Kate Sullivan has stated she plans to be an effective and independent voice for families, agriculture and businesses in the 41st District.

She was born on a farm near Ord, NE. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in Cedar Rapids for 25 years, where they own and operate the local bank.

As a past member of the Cedar Rapids School Board, Sullivan has stated that she understands the importance of education and keeping strong schools in rural Nebraska. She plans to work with local business leaders to bring jobs and opportunities to the 41st District.

Mrs. Sullivan said she hopes to use a portion of the record state budget surplus to reduce property taxes.

Eurek was born and raised in Loup City, NE. He was employed by NCR Corp. for eight years and then began an entrepreneurial career. Over 20 years, he founded or co-founded four technology related companies, and is currently chairman of his most recent technology company, Xpanxion LLC.

His goals in the Nebraska Legislature are to create new jobs and support entrepreneurship in rural communities, support agricultural programs for sustainable growth, ensure that the elderly and low-income families can get the health care they need, and to fund technology advances in K-12 classrooms.

Eurek said he has deep roots in the area, and understands that farming and ranching are the lifeblood of Nebraska.

Both candidates are graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.