Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook is a candidate for governor.
Hassebrook, a former regent for the University of Nebraska, says job creation will be a major issue in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
“I want to help create good jobs, genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan in every community, from the riverfront in Omaha to the river communities in the North Platte Valley and the Panhandle. Nebraska can only achieve its full potential if all of our people and all of our communities have the opportunity to achieve their potential,” Hassebrook tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHAS.
Hassebrook, a Democrat, acknowledges that his party has had trouble in rural Nebraska, but believes his background gives him the credentials needed to speak with rural Nebraskans.
“I spent my entire career, 36 years, at the Center for Rural Affairs, working to create a better future in rural Nebraska,” Hassebrook says. “I’ve spent a lot of time in rural Nebraska and talking about what we need to enable all of our rural communities to thrive and I think Nebraska rural voters will respect that and respond to that.”
Hassebrook briefly got into the 2012 United States Senate race, but bowed out when former United States Senator Bob Kerrey decided to run. Kerrey lost to Republican Deb Fischer.
Hassebrook won three elections to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He left the board after last year.
Hassebrook says job creation will be a major issue in the gubernatorial race, which he says can be achieved by improving education, developing the workforce, foster small businesses and investing in alternative energy.
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, contributed to this report.