Photo: Otoe County Republicans react to Constitutional Carry vote with Facebook post

NEBRASKA CITY - The Otoe County Republican Party issued a statement of gratitude for State Sen. Julie Slama’s service and urging candidates to file for her legislative seat prior to the March 1 deadline.

Jim Stark of the Otoe County Republican Party said although the national elections get the most publicity, the local elections are foundational.

Stark: “It’s really important here in Nebraska where we have the Unicameral and then we have the people are actually the second house. It gives us an even bigger voice. It’s hard work and it takes a lot of time. Because of that we want to publicly thank Sen. Slama for her service.”

In her latest legislative column, Sen. Slama explained her decision not to seek re-election.

She said an 80-hour work week is common during the legislative session, but she did not want to become a stranger to her newborn son. She said juggling motherhood, her private law practice and legislative committee meetings contributed to her decision not run again.

She listed  federal funding for Peru’s levee repair, Falls City electric upgrade resources and expanded degree offerings at Peru State among accomplishments.

Her term expires in January of 2025.