KEARNEY COUNTY — A Hastings College faculty member who also farms, raises livestock and practices veterinary medicine in the region announced Thursday he will seek a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.
John L. Kuehn will run for the District 38 seat currently held by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege. Carlson, who is running for governor, is prevented by term limits from seeking a third term in the Legislature.
Kuehn lives in the Norman-Heartwell area of eastern Kearney County. District 38 includes Kearney, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster, Franklin, Phelps and southwestern Buffalo counties.
"I am excited to announce I will be running to represent the citizens of District 38 in the Nebraska Legislature in Lincoln," Kuehn said in a news release. "I am running for the Legislature because I believe in service to community and the value of our citizen Legislature."
Kuehn is a fourth-generation Nebraska farmer. He grew up on a farm near Heartwell and graduated from Minden High School in 1992. He is an alumnus of Hastings College and the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
At Hastings College, Kuehn is an assistant professor of biology. He has served as chairman of the science division and acted as an academic adviser to large numbers of students.