Democrat Chuck Hassebrook formally filed for governor today in the Secretary of State’s office and announced his campaign has raised more than half a million dollars.
Hassebrook held a news conference before supporters in the Capitol Rotunda in Lincoln.
“The last year my campaign raised over $525,000, more than any other non-incumbent, Democratic candidate for governor, ever in the year before the election,” Hassebrook stated to applause from supporters.
Hassebrook, former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, said he has the experience to win a race many see difficult for a Democrat.
“This is a winnable race and I think one of the great strengths I bring to this race is where Democrats have had the toughest sledding in recent elections has been in rural Nebraska and I bring very unique credentials as a champion for rural communities, rural people, small business in rural Nebraska and family farms and ranches,” Hassebrook said in answer to a question posed by a reporter. “I’ve spent 36 years fighting to create a better future for the small town and rural way of life and I believe rural voters will remember that on Election Day.”
Much of the attention in the gubernatorial race has been focused on the Republicans, if for no other reason than there are so many of them running.
Six Republicans have announced their candidacy to succeed fellow Republican, Gov. Dave Heineman, who must leave the office due to term limits. Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone was the latest to enter the race which also features 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.
Hassebrook said it doesn’t matter to him which Republican emerges from a crowded field.
“No. Which Republican I face is up to the Nebraska voters in the Republican primary and I’m ready for any one of them,” Hassebrook said. “I take every one of them seriously, but I think any one of them I can beat.”
After the news conference, Hassebrook made the short walk to the Secretary of State’s office and formally filed for the office.
AUDIO: Democrat Chuck Hassebrook holds news conference in Capitol Rotunda. [5:35]