Government
9:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Neb. sheriffs, police chiefs back Bruning for gov.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has won the endorsement of 60 county sheriffs and 59 police chiefs in his Republican primary bid for governor.

Bruning announced the support Wednesday on the front steps of the Lancaster County Courthouse, along with local law enforcement officials. In a statement, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner praised Bruning for his work with local authorities and his push to clamp down on gang violence.

Bruning also pointed to his efforts with Governor Dave Heineman to reform the state law that awards automatic "good time" credit to violent inmates. The bill stalled in the Legislature.

Alliance Police Chief John Kiss praised Bruning's efforts to crack down on methamphetamine and sexual predators.

Bruning is competing in a six-man primary race to replace Heineman, who is term-limited.

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