Carol Blood (née Vacek, born March 5, 1961)[1] is an American politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. In 2016, she was elected to represent District 3 in Sarpy County in the Nebraska Legislature with 51.56% of the vote. In 2020 she was re-elected by the slimmest of margins with 50.4% of the vote.[1] She is the Democratic nominee in the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election. Blood is a member of the Democratic Party, though elections to the Nebraska Legislature are officially nonpartisan.

Early life and career

Blood was born in McCook, Nebraska. She graduated in 1979 from Adams Central High School in nearby Hastings, Nebraska. Little is known about Carol from 1979 to 2004 but she attended a couple of classes at Metro Community College. Her work experience is also unknown during this time period.[1] In 2008, Blood was elected to the Bellevue, Nebraska, City Council as the at-large representative. She was re-elected to the city council in 2012. She previously served as executive director of the La Vista Chamber of Commerce. Blood has been a member of the Bellevue Public Safety Foundation Board since 2005, serving as chair for seven years. The organization supports police and fire department activities in Bellevue.[2]

Nebraska Legislature

Elections

2014

In 2014, Blood was defeated by Tommy Garrett in a race to fill the two years remaining of a four-year legislative term vacated by state senator Scott Price, who resigned in November 2013.[3]

Garrett was appointed to the seat by Governor Dave Heineman. In Nebraska, an appointed state legislator must run in the next election to keep their seats.[4]

Blood and Garrett, who both ran uncontested in the nonpartisan primary, moved onto the general election. In the primary election, Blood received 1,706 votes, or 49.4%, of the 3,453 votes cast. Garrett received 1,747, or 50.6%. In the general election, Blood lost the election with 4,179, or 46.3%, of 9,024 votes cast. Garrett won the election with 4,845 votes, or 53.7%.[5][6]

2016

In 2016, Blood defeated Republican incumbent Tommy Garrett with 7,959, or 51.4%, of the 15,488 votes cast. Garrett received 7,476 votes, or 48.3%.[7]
Blood’s campaign focused on “common sense tax relief” and eliminating taxes on social security and military retirement once Nebraska lawmakers address a $1 billion budget shortfall.[2][8]

Blood said her history of “evidence-based budgeting” would help with tax reform but no one can provide any history of Blood proposing a budget. She also said education and public safety were among her top priorities.[9]

2020

On May 12, 2020, Blood defeated Rick Holdcroft by only 160 votes, 50.4% of the vote for the general election held November 3, 2020. [10]

Legislative tenure

2017 session

Blood served on the Agriculture, General Affairs, and Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs committees.[11]

She introduced LB85, which called to make people ineligible to run for elected office if they held any outstanding penalties from the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. The bill, which passed on a vote of 48-0-1, also prohibits anyone from being appointed to an elective office until any civil penalties and interest are paid.[12]

Blood said LB88 was a priority to make Nebraska a more “military-friendly state,” which directly affects her district—home those who are employed at Offutt Air Force Base. Ultimately, LB88, or the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact, passed on a vote of 49-0-0.[13]

2018 session

During the 2018 session, Blood met directly with the Nebraska Supreme Court and negotiated reduced fees for military spouses seeking to join the Nebraska State Bar Association.[14][15]

Blood introduced legislation to increase the handgun permit fee from $5 to $25, failed to pass on a 16–26 vote. In Nebraska, the gun permit fee has remained $5 since it was introduced in 1991. Blood said the proposed increased cost would have helped mitigate increased labor costs to process the permits. Blood said that the number of gun permit applications in Nebraska have quadrupled in the last decade.[16]

Blood’s LB692, which called to require the state department of corrections to conduct a regular staffing analysis report, became a part of the Judiciary Committee’s LB841, which passed on a 42-1-6 vote.[17][18]

2019 session

From 2019-2020, Blood served on the agriculture committee, general affairs committee, and the government, military and veterans affairs committee.[10]

2021 session

From 2021-2022 Blood served on the business and labor, government, military and veterans affairs, and urban affairs committee.[10]

Blood was appointed to the decennial Redistricting Committee, which utilizes census data to draw all political district maps. [19]

2022 gubernatorial race

On August 2, 2021, the Lincoln Journal Star reported that she was considering running in the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election.[20] On September 13, 2021, she formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Nebraska in the 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election.[21]

In the May 10 primary, she defeated Roy Harris and became the Democratic nominee.[22] Her running-mate and nominee for lieutenant governor is former state senator and Nebraskan rancher Al Davis.

Personal life

Blood currently lives in Bellevue with her husband, Joe. They have three children and nine grandchildren.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c “Biography « District 03 Blog”. news.legislature.ne.gov. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c “Carol Blood Legislature”. Carol Blood Legislature. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Scott, Stewart. “Garrett named to represent District 3”. Bellevue Leader. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Stoddard, Martha, and Joe Duggan. “After previous appointee resigns, Heineman picks Garrett for Nebraska Legislature”. Omaha World-Herald. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ “Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: Primary Election, May 13, 2014”, p. 34. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  6. ^ “Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: General Election, November 4, 2014” Archived January 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, p. 19. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  7. ^ “General Election”. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Stoddard, Martha, and Emily Nohr. “Nebraska lawmakers facing nearly $1 billion budget shortfall next year”. Omaha World-Herald’. October 29, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. ^ “Carol Blood Candidate Profile”. KETV. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c “Carol Blood”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  11. ^ “Nebraska Legislature Standing Committees”. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Nitcher, Emily. “Bill would force candidates to pay fines for campaign finance or ethics violations before running for office again”. Omaha World-Herald’. January 19, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Stoddard, Martha. “Nebraska Legislature advances bill to give qualified military spouses temporary health care licenses”. Omaha World-Herald”. March 24, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  14. ^ “Nebraska Supreme Court Rule Allows Reduced Fee for Military Spouses Seeking to Join Nebraska Bar”. “State of Nebraska Judicial Branch”. March 23, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018
  15. ^ “Nebraska Amends Licensing Rules in Support of Military Spouse Attorneys”. “Military Spouse J.D. Network”. March 14, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018
  16. ^ Young, JoAnne. “Bill to increase handgun permit fee killed by Legislature”. “Lincoln Journal Star”. January 9, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2019
  17. ^ Young, Joanne. “Major prison reform package advances”. “Lincoln Journal Star”. February 28, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  18. ^ “Nebraska Legislature”. Retrieved May 9, 2018
  19. ^ “Members « Redistricting Committee”.
  20. ^ “Sen. Carol Blood may be Democratic candidate for governor”.
  21. ^ “Carol Blood formally enters race for Nebraska Governor”. September 13, 2021.
  22. ^ “Nebraska Election Results 2022 | Live Primary Map Updates”. politico.com. Retrieved May 11, 2022.

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