Nebraska’s Lieutenant Governor would like to become Nebraska’s Governor.
All the proper paperwork has been filed and Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy is officially a candidate for governor.
Sheehy, a Republican, tells us he hadn’t been keeping it a secret he would run to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, his boss.
“So, it was just last July, I happen to have a media person ask me, ‘Are you going to run?’ and I said yes and, you know, it spread across the state which took me by surprise a little bit, because I hadn’t tried to hide it. I had always said yes,” Sheehy says. “Now, filing the paperwork means it’s real.”
State law requires candidates file paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission once they raise at least $5,000.
Gov. Heineman appointed Sheehy Lieutenant Governor. He was sworn in in late January of 2005. He became Heineman’s running mate in 2006 and 2010. Though the 2014 Governor’s race is nearly two years away, Sheehy says he hasn’t really started his campaign early. He points out that state law restricted his political activity while other potential candidates didn’t face such restrictions.