ELIOT BOSTAR

COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS

 

ELIOT'S STORY

Eliot’s deep roots in Nebraska reach back five generations. Purchasing land under the Homestead Act, his family settled near McCool Junction in York County in 1873. 

 

Conservation and stewardship of our natural resources are values that have held an especially important role through generations of Eliot’s family. For nearly 150 years, Eliot's family has preserved 20 acres of native prairie and wooded wetlands, while farming soybeans and corn on the remaining acres. Today, Eliot continues that legacy. 

 

Eliot’s grandfather, Dexter, graduated from the University of Nebraska in Agriculture. He started working as a teacher then joined the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1944. In the SCS, he worked in Lyons, Hebron, and Beatrice, and retired from the Lincoln office. Eliot’s uncle Dick served as the metro bureau chief for the Lincoln Journal, while his aunt Rae taught at Lincoln High.

Eliot’s mother, Barbara, graduated from Lincoln East High School. Moving to New York to pursue her career as an archivist and historian for the New York Philharmonic, she was honored as a Lincoln East "Distinguished Alumni" in 2002. To create a sense of “home” in New York, Barbara and Eliot would plant corn in pots on the roof of their apartment. Every summer, Eliot went back to the family farm, where he helped his cousins build fences, move pipe, and sort cattle. 

 

Eliot is a graduate of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and earned a Business degree from Embry-Riddle University, where he met his wife, Carrie. When Eliot and Carrie were looking for a place to start their family, Lincoln was the obvious choice. They are new parents to their son, Dexter. 

 

Eliot has a long history of service. Working in the New York Governor's office, he helped close a $15 billion deficit, found innovative ways to fund infrastructure projects to fix roads and bridges during the 2008 recession, and forged public-private partnerships to expedite the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site after 9/11.

 

In 2013, Eliot played a pivotal role in revitalizing Nebraska Conservation Voters (NCV) and Conservation Nebraska, nonprofit organizations that work to protect our state’s natural legacy. At the time, the organizations had been dormant for several years. Under Eliot’s leadership, NCV and Conservation Nebraska now employ 25 people, working across the state to protect our environment. As an active member of our community, Eliot was appointed to the Lincoln Electric System Board by former Mayor Chris Beutler and to the Climate Resiliency Task Force by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. 

 

Eliot is running for the Legislature because, as a new father, he believes we need to have elected leaders who will work together for our kids, grandkids, and shared future. Eliot is running to move beyond the typical political rhetoric and partisan gridlock to solve the real problems that our families, communities, and state are facing.

 

ENDORSED BY:

STATE SENATOR

KATE BOLZ

STATE SENATOR

MATT HANSEN

STATE SENATOR

JOHN MCCOLLISTER

STATE SENATOR

ADAM MORFELD

STATE SENATOR

PATTY PANSING BROOKS

STATE SENATOR

ANNA WISHART

FORMER STATE SENATOR

KEN HAAR

LINCOLN MAYOR LEIRION GAYLOR BAIRD

FORMER LINCOLN MAYOR CHRIS BEUTLER

CITY COUNCILMAN JAMES MICHAEL BOWERS

CITY COUNCILWOMAN

JANE RAYBOULD

CITY COUNCILMAN

BENNIE SHOBE

CITY COUNCILWOMAN TAMMY WARD

COUNTY COMMISSIONER SEAN FLOWERDAY

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

CHRISTA YOAKUM

FORMER DISTRICT 29 CANDIDATE NEAL CLAYBURN

FORMER DISTRICT 29 CANDIDATE

LISA LEE

JOSH MOENNING, MAYOR OF NORFOLK

KAREN GRIFFIN, LES BOARD MEMBER

LUCAS SABALKA, LES BOARD MEMBER

DAVID SPINAR, LES BOARD MEMBER

MELISSA FREELEND, NPPD BOARD MEMBER

MARY HARDING, NPPD BOARD MEMBER

GARY THOMPSON, NPPD BOARD MEMBER

AMANDA BOGNER, OPPD BOARD MEMBER

JANECE MOLLHOFF, OPPD BOARD MEMBER

RICK YODER, OPPD BOARD MEMBER

KAREN AMEN, LOWER PLATTE SOUTH NRD DIRECTOR

VERN BARRETT, LOWER PLATTE SOUTH NRD DIRECTOR

MILT SCHMIDT, LOWER PLATTE SOUTH NRD DIRECTOR

DAN STEINKRUGER, LOWER PLATTE SOUTH NRD DIRECTOR

MEGAN STOCK, TEACHER AT LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR EDITORIAL BOARD

LINCOLN CENTRAL LABOR UNION

LINCOLN FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

NAPE/AFSCME

NEBRASKA CONSERVATION VOTERS

NEBRASKA FARMERS UNION

NEBRASKA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS

NEBRASKA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION

NEBRASKA STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

NEBRASKA STATE

AFL-CIO

NORTH CENTRAL STATES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS

SIERRA CLUB

NEBRASKA CHAPTER

SMART-TRANSPORTATION DIVISION

PRIORITIES

ENSURING A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS

Eliot knows that quality education is essential to the success of our kids. We need to ensure that children have the resources they need to thrive from early childhood to adulthood: pre-K opportunities, solid foundational learning in elementary, middle, and high school, and affordable college education. Our schools need to be safe and help our children reach their potential. Eliot believes in supporting our university and community college systems and in providing opportunities for skilled labor training.

PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT

We need clean air and water for the health and safety of our families and community. It’s time for us to take action on climate change. As Executive Director of Nebraska Conservation Voters and Conservation Nebraska, Eliot works to advance clean energy, protect our water, and prepare our state for the impacts of climate change. Eliot helped secure a commitment from the Omaha Public Power District to reach zero-carbon by no later than 2050. In the legislature, Eliot will advocate for common-sense solutions that protect all Nebraskans’ quality of life and will be a strong conservation champion that will protect our environment for future generations.

CREATING

GOOD-PAYING JOBS

We hear a lot about how low our state’s unemployment rate is, but what goes unspoken is that many Nebraskans are underemployed or working two to three jobs to make ends meet. Eliot will develop public-private partnerships to create jobs that pay a living wage and will last through the 21st century. As someone who understands what it takes to start and grow an organization, he is a strong supporter of incentives to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their operations in Nebraska.

MAKING HEALTHCARE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE

Every Nebraskan should have access to affordable healthcare. Eliot believes we should do what we can at the state level to reduce the cost of healthcare and prescription drug prices. Eliot will fight to ensure the will of voters is upheld and Medicaid Expansion is fully implemented. 

 

Eliot will also work to fix the issues that have plagued our Department of Health and Human Services in recent years. Our child welfare system has not been properly protecting kids, nursing homes are closing throughout the state, and services for people with disabilities have been cut. Taking care of our most vulnerable populations is not just a legal obligation, it is a moral necessity.

A MORE FAIR TAX SYSTEM

Nebraska needs to establish a more equitable tax system. Currently, Nebraska ranks 48th in the country in state aid to public schools. We need to strike a better balance so that we are providing a quality education for our kids without passing the entire burden to local property owners. We need to think innovatively about economic development and expand the tax base while restructuring the tax system so that it reduces the burden on working families.

 
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Paid for by Eliot Bostar for Legislature, 3800 S 42nd St., Lincoln, NE 68506

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