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Senate candidate Domina seeks non-partisan work
January 30, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Senate Candidate David Domina

Saying he wants to make a case for focused, reasonable decisions and not partisan division, Omaha attorney David Domina stopped in the community last week in his campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Domina ran for Nebraska governor in 1986 and came in second place in a seven-candidate race for the Democratic nomination. “I was too young to know I was too young,” he said.

He said he decided to get into the 2014 Senate race because he didn’t see anyone who was willing to take a position independent from caucuses.

“In talking with people over the last few years, this is the first time they’re concerned about the stability of America as an institution,” he said. “If we don’t start focusing on solutions that we can live with, we will suffer. Partisanship isn’t serving us well.”

He added he’s not running because of an ideology that identifies to a party, but an ideology that relates to the question “Why do we have a country?” The country needs to meet legitimate, core needs, and also assure a fair market where everyone can compete and not be dominated by giant interests that keep getting bigger. He said that’s the biggest cause of job loss.

A native of Nebraska, Domina grew up in a farming family south of Coleridge in Cedar County. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1972.

He said the big issue the nation faces is stabilizing the economy. Without that stabilization, the country can’t deal with all the debt it’s incurred.

“We can’t deal with the debt if we continue to have the threat of giant corporations getting bigger and creating great risks,” he said. “They continue the same practices that hurt us in 2008. That problem starts with banking and compounds with every single corporate merger. The current political climate encourages domination by those giant corporations.”

In recent years, Domina has given advice to the Legislature about the proposed XL Keystone pipeline that would cross Nebraska. “I created an organization to bring farmers together who were threatened by condemnation proceedings by the Trans Canada Company,” he said. “I wanted to make sure they got fair easements for their land that will protect them from risk.”

He added the pipeline company hasn’t answered some basic questions, such as why they don’t use the original proposed route or disclose a single, final price.

Domina is the only Democrat running for the Senate seat that came open for 2014 when Sen. Mike Johanns said he wouldn’t seek another term.

“I’m not running for this office because I want to be an average United States Senator,” he said. “If I get the privilege, I’ll capitalize on the opportunity for the people of the state. I’m a Nebraskan and American who is running as a Democrat so voters will have a clear and present choice.”
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