Politics & Elections
12:21 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Ricketts, Hassebrook running for Nebraska Governor

Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and former Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook are the candidates for Governor.

Ricketts narrowly defeated Attorney General Jon Bruning in the GOP primary for Nebraska Governor.  He says he’ll run a grassroots campaign that focuses on jobs and education.

"We’re going to talk about how we improve educational outcomes for all our kids, especially career and vocational training, how we need to grow the economy, especially agriculture and manufacturing, and how we create more good-paying jobs in the state. And that’s going to focus on getting rid of useless regulations, and cutting our taxes so we can make companies more competitive so they can hire more of our children and grandchildren."

Hassebrook won the Democratic primary, and says he’ll run a positive campaign that focuses on the same issues.

"I want to talk about how we develop our world-class renewable energy resources, our wind in particular, as well as ethanol, but develop it in ways that create good jobs and genuine opportunity and fulfill the potential to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue as we help solve the world’s most pressing environmental problem of our era, which is climate change."

Hassebrook is the former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. Six Republicans ran in Tuesday’s primary election.

The general election is November 4th.