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Robert Clements

ELMWOOD – District 2 State Sen. Rob Clements, whose district represents Cass County and parts of Sarpy and Otoe counties, announced on Thursday he will seek re-election next year.

Clements, an Elmwood banker, insurance agent and tax preparer, was first appointed to the Nebraska Legislature’s District 2 in 2017 and was subsequently elected in 2018.

“Over the last five years, I have worked to lower property taxes, hold down the growth in state spending, protect the Second Amendment and defend innocent life,” said Clements, age 70. “It would be my honor to continue serving the community where I have spent most of my life.

“Cass County has been my family’s home for generations, and I’m proud to have been born and raised here. While serving in the Legislature, I have introduced and prioritized bills to promote individual liberty and have worked to maintain the financial stability of the state.”

Clements is known for his conservative stances on state spending.

“We must continue to budget conservatively. Just like Nebraska families, the state must control spending and spend within its means. When state spending increases, the tax burden on Nebraskans increases.”

Clements has received high marks by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, an Omaha-based group that rates senators based on their fiscal responsibility, intervention into the private lives of Nebraska citizens and positions on legislation dealing with law and order.

“One of the biggest fights in the Legislature during my tenure has been over how to reduce the property tax burden,” Clements said. “I am proud that the current two-year state budget includes $1.7 billion in property tax relief, the largest ever.

“However, more needs to be done. The ever-increasing property tax burden is hurting Nebraska families, farmers, small businesses and seniors. The state must search for a long-term solution that addresses both property tax reform and K-12 school funding reform.”

He also supports pro-life legislation and Second Amendment protections.

“Gun owner rights have always been a priority to me. I have supported and continue to support constitutional carry and an enhanced castle doctrine among other legislation to preserve the right to keep and bear arms.”