Sen. Annette Dubas today dropped out of the governor’s race.
Dubas, during a brief news conference in the Capitol Rotunda, said family concerned prompted her decision to withdraw.
“And, it is today, with my family in mind that I announce that I am withdrawing as a candidate for Nebraska Governor,” Dubas said, reading from a prepared statement.
Dubas was one of two Democrats who had announced their intention to run for governor. The other is former Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook.
Five Republicans are running for governor, including three of Dubas’ fellow state senators.
“We were fully committed to running a successful campaign that was focused on people,” Dubas stated. “But even with the best laid plans it because harder and hard to attend to family matters, serve my legislative constituents and campaign for governor. Something had to give and I have no regrets about my run for governor.”
Dubas said she was sorry for letting down those who supported her candidacy, including both volunteers in the campaign and donors.
“The outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received has touched my heart and it gave me the motivation to go out each and every day and work hard on the campaign trail,” Dubas said. “As with many experiences in life one can never fully prepare for or understand the demands until it becomes a reality.”
Dubas pledged to continue to fight for the issues she ran on in the gubernatorial campaign as a state senator in the upcoming session.
“My exit from this race does not mean I am any less committed to these and other important issues facing Nebraskans. And I will continue to work hard in the next legislative session to address concerns surrounding property taxes and how they impact all hard working Nebraskans,” Dubas said.
Shortly after Dubas made her announcement, the Hassebrook campaign issued this statement from Chuck Hassebrook:
“I’d like to thank Senator Dubas for her public service. She has been an excellent state Senator, and I know she will continue to work hard for Nebraskans in the legislature. I wish her all the best in the future.
“I look forward to continuing my campaign for Governor of Nebraska, and working to build ONE Nebraska, with genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan in every community.”
AUDIO: Sen. Annette Dubas withdraws from the 2014 governor’s race. [4 minutes]