Help get Machaela Cavanaugh appointed to Legislative District 6.

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Legislative District 6 in Nebraska was left vacant on Friday, September 8th when State Senator Joni Craighead resigned her seat. Governor Pete Ricketts has announced that he is taking applications from residents of LD6 who want to be appointed to fill the vacancy. This is a petition to urge the governor to appoint Machaela Cavanaugh, who submitted her application for appointment on Monday, September 11th. 

The governor can appoint anyone he wants to fill the vacancy, but I want to use this petition to make sure that residents of District 6 have our voices heard. 

Machaela is the only person who publicly expressed interest in serving the people of LD6 before there was a vacancy and potential appointment. 

In her application for appointment, Machaela said, "I have met with hundreds of District 6 residents during the past month, and it is clear they want a voice in the legislature who will champion their priorities: tax relief, investments in education, quality child care, protecting our seniors, and growing the good-paying jobs.”

Machaela is very involved in the community and has a long history of commitment to public service. 

She graduated Marian High School and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Machaela serves on the Board of Directors of Inclusive Communities and is a member of the Preschool Advisory Committee at Morning Star Preschool. She resides in the Peony Park Neighborhood with her husband, Nick Brotzel, and their daughters, Della and Harriet.

If you believe that Machaela is the most qualified applicant to be appointed to fill the vacancy in Legislative District 6, please sign this petition to let the governor know that Machaela is the person for the job.

The more signatures we receive helps create a stronger message we can send to the governor. Because I believe that your voices are important to Machaela, I will share the names and contact information of those who sign with the Cavanaugh for Legislature campaign so that Machaela can build her network of supporters.

If you want to learn more about Machaela, visit her campaign website at

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