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Kara Eastman

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Kara Eastman
Personal details
Born
Kara Henner

(1971-11-06) November 6, 1971 (age 49)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Scott
Children1
EducationPitzer College (BA)
Loyola University Chicago (MSW)

Kara Henner Eastman[1] (born November 6, 1971) is an American nonprofit executive and politician. She was the Democratic nominee in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district in the 2018 election, and is the nominee for the 2020 election.

Early life and career[edit]

Kara Henner Eastman was born on November 6, 1971, in Evanston, Illinois. From 1989 to 1993, she attended Pitzer College and graduated with a BA in sociology and English. From 1995 to 1997, she attended Loyola University Chicago and graduated with a Master of Social Work.[2][3] She has worked with various nonprofit organizations, including a battered woman's shelter and a student-based volunteer program assisting those with Lou Gehrig's Disease.[4][5] In 2006, she and her husband Scott moved to Omaha, Nebraska, so that he could take a job as an associate professor at Creighton University's history department.[6] In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College and was later selected to serve as the vice-chair of the board.[7]

In 2006, she helped found the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and later became its executive director.[1] In February 2016, the organization started sampling tap water for lead in collaboration with the Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District.[8]

Elections[edit]

2018[edit]

Kara Eastman's congressional campaign logo

On May 22, 2017, Eastman announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district.[9] She stated that her campaign would focus on healthcare, economic, and education issues.[10] Eastman ran on a variety of progressive issues, including repealing Citizens United and implementing single-payer healthcare.[11] She narrowly won the Democratic primary against former Representative Brad Ashford.[12] In October 2018, she was included on a list of endorsements from former President Barack Obama.[13] In the general election she was defeated by incumbent Republican Representative Don Bacon.[14]

2020[edit]

On December 20, 2018, Eastman announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district.[15] Prior to the Democratic primary Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Lois Frankel, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Jamie Raskin, Lisa Blunt Rochester, and Mark Pocan, and actor Mark Ruffalo endorsed her.[16] On May 12, 2020, she defeated Ann Ashford and Gladys Harrison.[17] Ashford later stated that she would not endorse Eastman.[18]

Following the Democratic primary Harrison, Obama, and former Senator Bob Kerrey endorsed her while Brad Ashford[19] and Bob Krist, a former state senator and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, endorsed Bacon.[20] On September 12, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed her.[21]

Electoral history[edit]

2018 Nebraska 2nd congressional district Democratic primary[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kara Eastman 21,357 51.64%
Democratic Brad Ashford 19,998 48.36%
Total votes 41,355 100.00%
2018 Nebraska 2nd congressional district election[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Don Bacon (incumbent) 126,715 51.00%
Democratic Kara Eastman 121,770 49.00%
Total votes 248,485 100.00%
2020 Nebraska 2nd congressional district Democratic primary[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kara Eastman 45,953 62.16%
Democratic Ann Ashford 23,059 31.19%
Democratic Gladys Harrison 4,920 6.65%
Total votes 73,932 100.00%

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kara Henner Eastman" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Kara Eastman's Biography". Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Kara Eastman Iowa State University". Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Kara Henner Eastman" (PDF). Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  5. Moring, Roseann. "Kara Eastman hopes to ride wave of Democratic enthusiasm to U.S. House seat". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  6. "The 2018 Race That Could Settle the Democrats' Civil War". Politico. November 3, 2018. Archived from the original on September 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "MEET KARA". Archived from the original on May 19, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Local organization testing Omaha tap water for lead levels". Lincoln Journal Star. February 10, 2016. p. B5. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "CEO announces Omaha House bid". Lincoln Journal Star. May 24, 2017. p. B7. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Ashford wants back in Congress". Lincoln Journal Star. June 18, 2017. p. B1. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Moring, Roseann. "Five key differences between Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "2018 primary results" (PDF). Secretary of State of Nebraska. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Obama endorsement". Lincoln Journal Star. October 8, 2018. p. A3. Archived from the original on May 19, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 "2018 election results" (PDF). Secretary of State of Nebraska. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Kara Eastman seeks a rematch in 2020; Rep. Don Bacon questions early announcement". December 20, 2018. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. "Warren Endorsement".;"Representative Endorsements". April 7, 2020. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help);"Ro Khana Endorsement". April 24, 2020. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help);"Mark Ruffalo endorses Kara Eastman on eve of primary election". May 11, 2020. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. 17.0 17.1 "2020 primary results" (PDF). Secretary of State of Nebraska. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 9, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "Ann Ashford Won't Endorse Eastman". Nebraska Central News. August 24, 2020. Archived from the original on September 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. "Biden endorses Eastman in Omaha area House race; Trump backs Bacon". Associated Press. October 8, 2020. Archived from the original on October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "Gladys Harrison gives 'full support' to 2nd district, Democratic Congressional race winner Kara Eastman". Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help);"Bob Kerrey Endorses Eastman". May 14, 2020. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help);"Former Democratic governor hopeful endorses GOP Rep. Bacon". May 15, 2020.;"President Obama announces endorsement for Kara Eastman". KMTV-TV. August 18, 2002. Archived from the original on August 3, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. "Biden endorses Eastman in Omaha area House race; Trump backs Bacon". Omaha World-Herald. September 13, 2020. Archived from the original on September 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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