Another hat goes into the ring when it comes to Nebraska’s race for governor.
Attorney General Jon Bruning is hitting the campaign trail after a weekend making that announcement over the weekend.
Bruning says he has had a front row seat watching Sen. Mike Johanns and Gov. Dave Heineman do “the best job imaginable” over the last several years and he believes he can take the state to the next level. He says his phone has been ringing off the hook with encouragement to run so after careful consideration he announced his candidacy over the weekend.
Bruning says he received a “big slice of humble pie” after losing to campaigns for the U-S Senate but he says losing did not decrease his love for Nebraska and he is looking forward to the challenges that await him down this campaign trail.
State Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont recently dropped out of the race, leaving five other Republicans in the race to succeed fellow Republican, Gov. Dave Heineman, who must leave the office due to term limits: State Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, Omaha business executive Pete Ricketts, state Auditor Mike Foley and Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone. Democrat Chuck Hassebrook is also in the race.