Brent Smoyer

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Brent Smoyer
Former candidate for
Nebraska State Senate, District 26
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sNebraska Wesleyan University (2004)
J.D.Drake University (2007)
Date of birth07/13/1981
Place of birthAurora, NE
Campaign website
Brent Smoyer was a 2014 candidate for District 26 of the Nebraska State Senate.

Smoyer is currently a Lancaster County Commissioner.


Campaign themes


Smoyer's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Taxes & Spending

  • Excerpt: "I am the only candidate in Legislative District #26 who has voted to lower property taxes. As a State Senator, I will continue fighting to lower taxes for hard working Nebraskans. We should start by abolishing taxes on social security."


  • Excerpt: "The Legislature's constitutional obligation to provide a quality education will be a top priority. Lincoln's kids deserve the very best, and I will fight to ensure that our schools have the resources they need to provide a quality education."


  • Excerpt: "Partisan extremists have ground government to a halt at all levels. I will ignore party labels, reach across partisan divides, and put the people of Lincoln first. I believe in the proud nonpartisan tradition of our Unicameral."


  • Excerpt: "Having grown up tied to a small business, I learned first-hand from my parents the importance of customer service. If elected, I plan to make serving my constituents a top priority. I will have an open door policy and will work to address any and all issues brought to me by the people of Legislative District #26."

Economy & Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "I will make job creation a top priority in order to ensure that the people of Northeast Lincoln have quality jobs that can help them provide for their families. Having returned to Nebraska after a short time away for schooling, I know first-hand about choosing to live "The Good Life." I would like see more young people make that choice and will work to advance efforts to create the quality jobs for those who want to stay or return."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day. Matt Hansen and Brent Smoyer defeated Larry Weixelman, Bob Van Valkenburg and Justin Valencia in the primary election. Hansen defeated Smoyer in the general election.[2][3]

Nebraska State Senate District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hansen 54.8% 5,376
     Independent Brent Smoyer 45.2% 4,442
Total Votes 9,818
Nebraska State Senate, District 26 Non-Partisan Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrent Smoyer 32.3% 1,968
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hansen 30% 1,823
Larry Weixelman 18.2% 1,105
Bob Van Valkenburg 9.8% 597
Justin Valencia 9.7% 593
Total Votes 6,086



In 2014, Smoyer's endorsements included the following:[4]

  • Lincoln Independent Business Association
  • City Councilman Roy Christensen
  • City Councilman Trent Fellers
  • City Councilman Jon Camp
  • State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh

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