Chuck Hassebrook now stands alone as the only Democrat running for governor and he says his campaign will not change a bit.
Hassebrook, former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons and former University of Nebraska Regent, says his campaign will still rest on three main issues, including education.
He says Nebraska needs to better fund pre-school.
“We have a significant number of kids in this state who start Kindergarten already so far behind that the odds are against them ever succeeding in school and if they don’t succeed in school, if they drop out, the odds are against them succeeding in life,” Hassebrook tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The other two priorities for Hassebrook include help for small business owners and encouraging the development of renewable fuels, especially wind energy.
As for taxes, Hassebrook wants focused property tax relief.
“From my perspective, when we have absentee investors who want to own half the state, if they can afford to do that, fine, but they should be able to also afford to pay their property taxes. Let’s focus our property tax relief dollars on Nebraskans; modest income homeowners who need property tax relief and family farmers and ranchers.”
Hassebrook criticizes efforts to trim the state income tax. He says that would benefit the top one or two percent of Nebraska taxpayers while neglecting property taxes, which he calls the most burdensome tax.
Hassebrook finds himself alone in the Democratic primary for governor after state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton dropped out.
Five Republicans are running to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.
The Republican field is comprised of state Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, state Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, Omaha business executive Pete Ricketts, and state Auditor Mike Foley.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:60]