Former Nebraska Governor and United States Senator Bob Kerrey will file to run for United States Senate.
Kerrey gives Democrats a big name on the ballot in November as the party attempts to retain control of the United States Senate. Incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson announced in late December he would not seek a third term in the Senate and, instead, would retire from public office to devote his attention to other things.
Kerrey earlier had announced that he would not return to the state and return to politics, but a story surfaced on Monday that he had reconsidered his earlier decision. The Nebraska Democratic Party confirmed that Kerrey would be a candidate by issuing the following statement.
Statement from Senator Bob Kerrey
Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit. This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one. My commitment to serve Nebraska and America, and to be part of the debate about the challenges we face was too strong to dismiss. My family supports this decision 100%. I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. We have a lot of work to do.