Another state senator has entered the race for governor.
Republican Beau McCoy, who represents an Omaha district in the Unicameral, has announced he will run for governor in 2014.
McCoy comes from an agriculture background and runs a construction business.
“I understand what it means to make a payroll. I understand about a housing construction industry that’s a big part of the economy in our state. I know how to create jobs. And, I’m from agriculture. I’m a fourth generation rancher and I understand what agriculture means to our state,” McCoy tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
McCoy joins Senators Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Tom Carlson of Holdrege in the Republican primary, which includes State Audtior Mike Foley.
State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton will run as a Democrat, along with former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Chuck Hassebrook.
McCoy says Gov. Dave Heineman, a fellow Republican, is his role model for what a governor should be.
“By making sure that we’re being fiscally responsible, that we don’t spend money that we do not have as a state and that we focus on creating and keeping jobs here,” McCoy says. “And Gov. Heineman’s done that and done it very well in his time as governor.”
Heineman must leave office after 10 years due to term limits.