LINCOLN -- Retired Norris Public Schools Superintendent Roy Baker announced Monday morning that he will seek the Legislative seat for District 30, representing Gage County and Southern Lancaster County. The seat is currently held by Senator Norm Wallman, who will be term-limited at the end of 2014.
“Providing public service as a member of the Nebraska Legislature is an idea I have entertained for many years,” Baker wrote in a press release. “I am now at a point in my life that I can devote my time and energy to serve the people of Nebraska in that capacity, and work on the issues that are important to the citizens of District 30.”
Baker, who lives in Lincoln, retired in 2010 from Norris.
Baker served as Interim Superintendent for Beatrice Schools for the 2012-13 school year. Baker also works as a consultant with Baker and Rastovski School Services, conducting superintendent searches. The firm recently assisted the Tri County School District with their superintendent search.
“Good schools will always be a priority for me. Having been raised on a farm and serving in rural communities, rural economic development has been an ongoing interest. I have been active in workforce development, and spearheaded the movement to begin career academies in southeast Nebraska, coordinating the K-12 efforts with two-year and four-year colleges. My hope is for our children and grandchildren to be able to live in our communities and have viable opportunities for good careers without leaving the area and the State of Nebraska,” Baker said.
“Taxes will always be a concern for elected officials. I am watching the actions of the Tax Modernization Committee as they move forward, and studying the information as it comes out. Water issues are on the forefront, and are of interest to me,” commented Baker.
Baker and his wife of 45 years, Paula, have two sons and two grandchildren.