Politics & Elections
3:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Democrat enters race for Nebraska's U.S. Senate seat

Nebraska’s U.S.  Senate race has another candidate.

Steve Lustgarten filed Monday as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Lustgarten owns a video production company in Omaha. He’s the first Democrat to enter the race.

Lustgarten says what he sees as a lack of action by Congress over the past year motivated him to run for Senate. "Over the course of the last year especially there’s seemed to be Republicans twist further to the right, and the debacle in August when they were trying to pass a continuing resolution to pay the debt level was one of the crisis modes for me to think about this needed to be changed."

Lustgarten says his candidacy will focus on campaign finance reform and bipartisanship. Senator Ben Nelson announced in late December he won’t run for re-election.

Nebraska’s primary election is May 15th. The filing deadline for candidates is March first.