State Treasurer Don Stenberg has decided to run for a second term, not seek higher office.
Stenberg, a Republican, says his decision to run for re-election in 2014 rather than run for governor or United States Senate wasn’t all that difficult.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve Nebraskans as their state Treasurer these past three years and we’ve accomplished a great deal and I want to expand on those accomplishments over the next four years,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Stenberg ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2012, losing in the Republican primary to eventual winner, Deb Fischer.
Stenberg says he gave some consideration to running for governor.
“But, in the end, I concluded that I very much enjoy the office of state Treasurer, that we are doing important work here and that I’d like to continue that work and to improve upon it in the future,” Stenberg says. “In the final analysis, I just didn’t feel any strong desire to pursue the office of governor at this particular point in time or this particular point in my life.”
Stenberg says he is proud that he has cut his office budget by 14%, that the state transparency website now ranks in the top 10 among the states moving from a grade of D to B+, that the unclaimed property division continues to return property to its rightful owners, and that the various state college savings plans to continue to build their assets.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Treasurer Don Stenberg on his decision to run for re-election. [2:12]