Now that Governor Dave Heineman has announced he will not be running for United States Senate, at least two other Republicans are considering the race, and one of them has made it official.
Former state treasurer Shane Osborn has filed the papers to run for the U.S. Senate, hoping to replace current Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, who’s said he will not be running for re-election.
Osborn has filed with papers with the Federal Election Commission to set up a candidate committee, which lets him start raising money for a Senate bid.
Also, Midland University President Ben Sasse is considering a run for the Senate seat, but has not formally declared. Sasse, a Republican, has worked in Washington before as Assistant Secretary of Health under President George W. Bush.
As yet, no Democrats have announced plans to try and replace Johanns. One possible contender was former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook, but he’s expected to announce this week he’ll launch a campaign for governor in 2014.
Hassebrook is director of the Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyons.