The only way we succeed is to work together, as Nebraskans, to build a future that works for ALL Nebraskans. We need to get this right. As your state senator, I will listen to your concerns and your ideas. Government needs to work for everyone. I will serve ALL Nebraskans.
As a parent, teacher and lifelong advocate for education, I understand the importance of a strong education system. Our schools help build our citizens of the future by teaching them the value of community service and preparing them for the jobs of the future. It is the responsibility of elected officials to provide the resources necessary to ensure that a great public school education is available to every child in Nebraska. As your State Senator, I will work to make sure our public schools - from Pre-K through our higher education system -- have what they need to provide a great education for all our children.
Building a strong economy is critical to the quality of life we have here in Nebraska. We need policies that provide a business-friendly environment, modern infrastructure and an educated workforce in order to build the kind of community in which we want to live and raise a family. To have good jobs and benefits for working families we need policies that provide the resources and business climate to build a strong economy.
It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. The question we must answer is what kind of a world will we leave for our children and grandchildren? We need policies that recognize and use the lessons of science to protect clean water, clean air, support the development of renewable energy sources and preserve the land. We need to use science to respond to the challenges of climate change. Nebraska's agricultural economy and our quality of life require that we use the resources we have wisely. We can and must preserve and protect our environment while ensuring responsible use of our resources to build and maintain a strong economy.
I believe we all need to support each other. In addition to meeting basic needs, Nebraska families need access to good health care and mental health resources. Our first responders need the support and necessary resources to ensure safe communities. Government policies should support and enhance the efforts of the many private agencies and organizations that work to support families and help them meet their needs.
Our laws should be inclusive, they should treat all people equitably and should offer the same protections to all people regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity or preference. I will work to ensure that ALL people have the same rights and protections regarding credit, housing, marriage, employment or any other legal protections.
The history of the United States is the story of immigrants seeking freedom, economic opportunities, and personal safety. With the exception of the First Americans, every American here today is the descendant of an immigrant. Our national diversity is one of the great strengths of this nation. We should have policies and laws that uphold the human rights of all people regardless of their nationality, religion or legal status. We should have a clear and reasonable path to citizenship for people who want to become citizens.
Neal Clayburn is running to represent District 29 in the Nebraska Legislature.
He will work to advance key priorities including:
“I’ve been blessed to have served in the U.S. Navy, to intern for the Majority Whip in Congress, be a summer program director for the Boy Scouts of America, to teach and coach and to serve educators in Nebraska as an advocate,” said Clayburn.
“My experience will allow me to hit the ground running and to work developing solutions to tackle difficult problems.”
Clayburn serves on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America Cornhusker Council, participates in the South Downtown (SODO) community engagement activities, is Chairman of the Board of the Educators Health Alliance, is a Life member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Leadership Lincoln graduate with Class XIII. A 1st Degree Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association, he has coached baseball and football for the YMCA Youth Programs, served as president of the Southwest High School Athletic Boosters, and is a member of the American Legion, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sesostris Shrine and Scottish Rite.
Clayburn has deep roots in Nebraska. His great, great grandfather Henry Clayburn served in the Nebraska Legislature in 1915, after having the unusual distinction of securing the nomination on both the democratic and republican tickets. His grandmother was born in a sod house in Nebraska, and his grandfather was a professor at Peru State College.
Clayburn worked as a teacher and coached wrestling, football and track in Nebraska before taking a job with the Nebraska State Education Association. He served as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Education Association from 1991 – 2006 and has worked as Associate Executive Director of the NSEA since 2006.
Neal and his wife Shelley, a teacher at Rousseau Elementary School, are members of Trinity United Methodist Church. They have two adult sons and a daughter in law. Nick is a math teacher at Lincoln High School. Nathan is a Postdoctoral researcher at Amherst College, while his wife, Caitlyn Parmelee is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Keene State College.