The former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs wants to be Nebraska’s next governor.
Democrat Chuck Hassebrook says his goal as governor would be to create genuine opportunity for all Nebraskans.
He sees education as a key to reaching that goal.
“We need to build one of the nation’s most effective educational systems right here in Nebraska, one of the most effective systems at keeping kids from falling through the cracks, at developing a skilled workforce and an educated citizenry,” Hassebrook tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Hassebrook says one of the biggest challenges facing Nebraska is that too many children enter school unprepared. He says he would expand pre-school and job training as governor.
Education is one of three goals Hassebrook outlines in his candidacy.
The second is renewable energy and Hassebrook says the state must harness its wind energy potential. The third goal is to make Nebraska the best state in which to start a new business.
Hassebrook understands a Democrat would have an uphill climb, but says he firmly believes he can win.
“One of the things that makes me unique in this race and really unique among many Democrats is I have extensive ties throughout rural Nebraska,” Hassebrook states. “After 36 years at the Center for Rural Affairs, I literally know and have worked with people in every county in this state.”
Hassebrook ran, briefly, for United States Senate two years ago. He bowed out in deference to Bob Kerrey who lost in the general election to Republican Deb Fischer.
There is an open race for Senate this year. Hassebrook says he decided to run for governor rather than Senate, because Nebraska works and Washington doesn’t. He says he can make a difference as governor and it’s hard to see how you can really make a difference as a United States Senator.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]