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1934: Sen. O’Furey files for another term in office

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July 4, 1934

HARTINGTON — Believing in the good old democratic rule that “one good term deserves another, State Sen. Joseph F. O’Furey filed for a second term last week.

Prominently mentioned earlier in the campaign as a possible candidate for Congress, Sen. O’Furey announced he would not run in opposition to Congressman Howard.

Later petitions from Antelope, Madison, Cuming and others were filed with the Secretary of State, naming him as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Railway Commissioner, but he also declined this nomination.

With the experience of one term during which he was exceptionally active, Sen. O’Furey said he can be of most service to the people of the district by returning to the state Senate where he was chairman of the committee on committees, the committee on municipal affairs and the committee on accounts and expenditures.

He was also an active member of the committee on child welfare, the committee on education, the committee on the judiciary.

He was one of the proposers of the laws legally establishing the department of child welfare. He was also a big supporter of the law limiting the width of trucks.

Sen. O’Furey was also author of the act which selected the Honorable William Jennings Bryan and J. Sterling Morton as the two sons of Nebraska to be honored by having statues of them placed in the national Capitol in Washington, D.C. the cost to be defrayed by voluntary contributions.

At the personal request of Sen. George W. Norris, Mr. O’Furey was made vice chairman of the state organization which will submit to the voters the plan for a one-house legislature and expects, if returned to the Senate, to have an active part in arranging the details of the new plan, if it is approved by the voters next November.

Since the end of the 1933 session, Sen. O’Furey saw the conclusion of an effort he started in February of last year for a reduction in freight rates.