LINCOLN — Retired Omaha podiatrist Robert “Bob” Hilkemann will formally announce his intention to run for the Nebraska Legislature next week.
Hilkemann will announce on Jan. 21 that he will seek the District 4 seat in west Omaha currently held by State Sen. Pete Pirsch, who is term-limited.
Hilkemann was a practicing podiatrist in Omaha for 37 years and founded the Foot and Ankle Center of Nebraska in 1984.
He has never sought public office before but served on the State Board of Health from 1983 to 1988, serving as chairman for two years. He was a schoolteacher before being a podiatrist. Hilkemann and his wife, Julie, have been married for 43 years and have three children and eight grandchildren.
In a press release, Hilkemann said his campaign would focus on building a strong Nebraska economy, education and sensible health care solutions.
Steve Howard and Matt Butler have also announced that they are running for the District 4 seat.