Ernie Chambers Will Return to Nebraska Legislature
By Carrie Murphy. CREATED Nov 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 6, 2012
Omaha, NE- Ernie Chambers will return to the Nebraska Legislature in January. Chambers beat incumbent Senator Brenda Council by a 2-1 margin. Chambers had to leave the Unicameral four years ago under the state term limits law.
Several months ago, Council pleaded guilty to using campaign contributions to gamble. She apologized to voters and refused to withdraw from the race. Chambers criticized her conduct and accused the Nebraska Attorney General of going easy on Council, charging her with a misdemeanor, not a felony. A felony conviction would have prevented Council from holding public office.
As votes came in Tuesday night, Council said, "What I've done to address the issues that affect this district on a daily basis like poverty and unemployment were overshadowed unfortunately by some conduct I engaged in personally."
Chambers won easily with 6,186 votes to Council's 3,085.