State Auditor Mike Foley has announced his candidacy for governor.
“With humility and gratitude to the people of Nebraska who have entrusted me with the high honor of serving them in public office these past 13 years, I’m announcing today my candidacy for governor of Nebraska,” Foley told well-wishers gathered for the announcement in the Capitol Rotunda.
Foley enters an already crowded Republican primary with the possibility that more candidates could announce they will run for the governor’s office being vacated by Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman cannot run for re-election due to term limits.
Already in the race are four Republican state senators: Charlie Janssen of Fremont, Beau McCoy of Omaha and Tom Carlson of Holdrege.
State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton and the former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Chuck Hassebrook, have entered the Democratic primary for governor.
Foley asserted his experience as a state senator for six years and as Auditor the past seven years gives him a unique perspective on state government and what needs to be corrected.
Foley said recent audits of the Department of Health and Human Services convince him that the department needs an overhaul.
“It is my intent to take that agency apart, brick by brick, not with intent to damage it, but with an intent to rebuild it and reform it into a model state agency that all Nebraskans can be proud of,” Foley stated.
AUDIO: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry introduces State Auditor Mike Foley, who officially announces he will run for govenor in 2014. [14:35]