We now have an independent in the race for United States Senate.
Restaurant owner and cattle rancher Jim Jenkins has announced he will run as an independent to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns next year.
Four Republicans, former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Midland University President Bud Sasse, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, have announced their intentions to run for the seat.
No Democrats have declared their candidacy, yet.
Jenkins raises cattle in Custer County.
“I’m running for the United States Senate because, like most Americans, I understand the system is broken. Congress is not governing. If we truly want to change Washington, we have to change the rules by which Congress is elected and demand that Congress change its own rules to focus less on party power and more on the good of our country,” Jenkins said in a written statement released by his office.
Two independents now serve in the United States Senate. Both caucus with the majority Democrats.