A two-term state senator seeks the Democratic nomination for governor.
First elected to the Unicameral in 2006, Sen. Annette Dubas won re-election in 2010.
Dubas, a Democrat who farms near Fullerton, says she has the make-up to win the race for governor next year.
“I’ve demonstrated my ability to listen, to reach out to my constituents. I’ve proven that I can win. I represent a very Republican district, but I have proven that I am a senator that listens to all people and that’s willing to work with everybody to move policy forward that works for Nebraskans,” Dubas tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Dubas says she took care to get the blessing of her family before deciding to run for governor.
Dubas says four issues stand out in this gubernatorial campaign: taxes, renewable energy, economic development and infrastructure.
The work of the Tax Modernization Committee has focused attention on taxes, according to Dubas. She has heard many complain about property taxes, which are a local issue. Still, Dubas says the state can help by not passing unfunded mandates down to local jurisdictions and adequately funding education so local school districts don’t have to seek tax hikes from local residents.
She wants to see the state more aggressively pursue renewable energy even as she recognizes that public power districts face more restrictions than private utilities.
Infrastructure improvements, according to Dubas, need to include not just roads, but the extension of broad-band to the rural areas of Nebraska.
Though Nebraska has an unemployment rate envied by the rest of the nation, it can do more, according to Dubas. She wants economic development to build upon the success of agriculture in Nebraska by promoting the workforce development needed to train young people for the jobs available. She says the state can also work more closely with its community colleges to increase the technical skills of its workforce.
Dubas and former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs Chuck Hassebrook have announced as Democrats running to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican who cannot run for another term.
The Republican primary for governor has become crowded. Three state senators, Charlie Janssen of Fremont, Tom Carlson of Holdrege, and Beau McCoy of Omaha, have entered the race along with State Auditor Mike Foley and Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]