Bacon ousts Ashford in Second Congressional District
By Jack Williams , Managing Editor and Reporter Nebraska Public Media News
Nov. 9, 2016, 3:31 a.m. ·
Career military man Don Bacon can add “congressman-elect” to his list of titles after officially claiming victory in Tuesday’s marathon race in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
He had to wait until Wednesday afternoon to accept his win over the incumbent Brad Ashford.
An enthusiastic and tired crowd of supporters welcomed Bacon and his wife and family at his campaign office in West Omaha after an election night that spilled into the morning.
In a tight race, Bacon defeated Democrat Brad Ashford by about 5000 votes. Ashford called Bacon earlier Wednesday to concede the race.
Now Bacon will do what he can to make sure some of Ashford’s projects are finished.
“I committed to him that first, I’ll will support his efforts as he wraps up his tenure to work on the clinic at the VA as well as the medical center,” Bacon said. “But whatever is left over, I will take the baton and we’ll make it as seamless as we can and carry on those efforts.”
Bacon retired from military a few years ago after 16 assignments, including three stops in the Omaha area.
His venture into politics didn’t come without some hard work and thick skin.
“In January of this year I had 9 percent name ID. Think about that,” said Bacon. “You’ve worked six months, 12-13 hours a day, and 9 percent of the people have heard about you. So, it keeps you humble.”
It was an impressive race for a political rookie against the incumbent Ashford, who by all accounts has been successful in securing projects for the 2nd Congressional District since he took office in early 2015. Bacon said he wants to serve with pure intentions.
“I want to be a congressman that focuses on results and moving the ball down the field on the key issues that affect our nation. I don’t want it to be about a job title,” he said. “I don’t want it to be about re-election. I don’t want it to be about polls. That’s not what I want to be about.”
Bacon vowed to serve the entire district and will work hard in every neighborhood. His priorities when he takes office in January include fixing a broken tax code, reducing spending and the deficit and cutting the bureaucracy that’s hurting small businesses.