Pete Festersen to decide in September on House bid against Lee Terry

Pete Festersen

WASHINGTON — Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen said Friday that he plans to decide in September whether to launch a 2014 challenge to U.S. Rep. Lee Terry.

Terry, a Republican, is in his eighth term representing the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District. As the new chairman of the House subcommittee in charge of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Terry has been pushing a slew of bills in those areas.

Running against an incumbent like Terry is typically an uphill battle, but Festersen, a Democrat, has the political background to be considered a credible contender.

Festersen told The World-Herald that he feels more and more like running as he watches the partisan gridlock in Washington.

He noted that lawmakers departed Capitol Hill for their August break without finalizing a farm bill, immigration legislation or a budget.

“We need people who can work together in a bipartisan fashion to get things done,” Festersen said.

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