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Dave Domina

Omaha attorney Dave Domina will announce his campaign for the U.S. Senate Tuesday and immediately begin a 28-town Nebraska tour.

Domina, 63, is the lone Democrat in the race seeking the seat currently held by Sen. Mike Johanns. There are a half-dozen Republican and Independent candidates on the ballot.

The Republicans will square off in the May primary election.

Domina will be in North Platte on Friday, Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Depot Restaurant, 520 N. Jeffers, capping a day of appearances in western Nebraska.

Domina is considered one of Nebraska’s most prominent lawyers. He handled two state impeachments -- Nebraska Attorney General Paul Douglas in 1984 and NU Regent Dave Hergert in 2006.

Domina was 34 years old when he was appointed a special assistant attorney general investigating the failed Commonwealth Savings Association in Lincoln. As the ultimate result of his investigations, Douglas left office.

Domina has handled prominent cases in other states as well as Nebraska courts.

He has handled court cases in the areas of crime, banking, engineering, water, copyrights, patents and cattle feeding, presenting cases to more than 300 juries and appearing in appellate courts and state supreme courts more than 250 times, he said in the announcement.

“I know what a fight is. And I know what winning against bad odds is, too,” he said.

Domina said Nebraska needs to send its strongest advocate to Washington.

“Our country is teetering. It does not feel stable, ” he said. “We cannot have the strongest, and most influential nation on earth…if our divisions and refusal to work together cause our Government to shut down, of if we cannot pass a budget and live within our means, or if we do not pay our national bills.”

Domina said it is time to choose the best and most effective leadership to stabilize the nation.

Domina was born and raised in Coleridge in Cedar County. He was an Army JAG officer and started his law practice at Norfolk. He relocated to Omaha in 1989. He has represented clients in more than 40 states.

Domina’s interest in agriculture led him to major lawsuits on behalf of farmers and ranchers from California to Vermont and from Michigan to New Mexico, including Nebraska water users and cattle feeders.

His Jan. 24 campaign schedule:

• Scottsbluff - 8:30 am (MST) - Chamber Board Room, 1517 Broadway

• Harrisburg - 9:45 am (MST) - Banner County Courthouse

• Kimball - 10:30 am (MST) - Java Blend, 123 South Chestnut Street

• Sidney - Noon (MST) - Book & Coffee Corner, 940 10th Avenue

• Ogallala - 2:00 pm (MST) - Valentino's, 55 River Road

• North Platte - 4:30 pm (CST) - The Depot Restaurant.

Part of a series of profiles on Nebraska candidates for the U.S. Senate.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 1/20/2014
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