Former Senate candidate to run for Nebraska Governor

Jun 3, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook will announce this week that he's jumping into the 2014 race for governor.

The Democratic hopeful told The Associated Press he will officially kick off his campaign Tuesday in his hometown of Lyons, where he serves as director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He's seeking to replace Republican Governor Dave Heineman, who is ineligible to seek re-election because of term limits.

Hassebrook is the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for governor in the Republican-leaning state. The 58-year-old faces a tough race but says he plans to appeal to rural residents with a focus on early childhood education, job training programs and renewable energy.

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