Politics/Elections
10:38 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Bob Kerrey running for U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey will seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Kerrey announced his plans in a statement Wednesday afternoon. The statement reads "Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit. This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one. My commitment to serve Nebraska and America, and to be part of the debate about the challenges we face was too strong to dismiss. My family supports this decision 100%. I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. We have a lot of work to do."

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says Kerrey registered to vote Tuesday using an address on South 103rd Street in Omaha. Kerrey is a resident of New York City, and announced two weeks ago he wouldn't seek the Democratic nomination.

Omaha businessman Steve Lustgarten and Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook are seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate.

 Sen. Nelson announced in late December he would not run for a third term.