Democrats have a prominent candidate for United States Senate, finally.
Though Dave Domina, an attorney from Omaha, insisted this morning he’s not entering the race late.
Domina formally announced his candidacy during a news conference held in the Capitol Rotunda, the first of a series of news conferences and appearances scheduled throughout Nebraska this week. Domina has played a prominent role in legal arguments along policy lines, including arguing cases before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Domina said his legal experience arguing cases for the courts would help him if elected to the U. S. Senate.
“The lessons of the years past and the battles past will serve me well, because I have learned something as a lawyer, working for you, and that is that if we are focused on a goal and we are reasonable about our approach and we work together to get there, we can get great things done,” Domina stated during a speech in front of supporters gathered in the Rotunda.
Domina said change is needed in Washington.
“We are undeniably in a mess,” according to Domina. “The thing I hear more and more talking with you and people like you, face-to-face and one-on-one, that I did not hear from ages 23 to 58 or 59 is that things don’t feel stable. The country feels like it’s teetering a bit.”
Domina said the country needs to re-focus and get it together.
Domina said it is time for the state to come together, not divide along political party lines.
“It’s time for a new coalition of Nebraskans; a coalition of Nebraskans who are willing to focus on what’s good for all of us and not be divided by what’s good for a few.”
Domina has the Democratic field largely to himself, a field that has been dominated by Republicans seeking to replace Republican incumbent U-S Sen. Mike Johanns, who will retire from political office after serving out his current term.
Larry Marvin of Fremont has filed for the U-S Senate as a Democrat.
Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun has formally filed as a Republican for U-S Senate. The better known Republican candidates are Midland University President Ben Sasse, Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale.
Custer County cattle rancher Jim Jenkins runs as an independent for the office.
AUDIO: Democrat Dave Domina announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate. [13:30]