After an unsuccessful run for governor earlier this year, State Auditor Mike Foley says politics could still remain in his immediate future. Foley says that he is giving serious thought to running for Mayor of Lincoln.
“Well, we came up short in the governor’s race, but we did capture a lot of votes in Lancaster County and the surrounding counties,” Foley notes. “We did extremely well in the Lincoln area and beyond, so we’re weighing all of our options. I don’t know if that’s the right race for me right now.”
The support Foley received in the governor’s race from the Lincoln area is encouraging, but after a long campaign, the auditor says it’s time to relax and figure out what his next move will be.
“To be truthful, the thought of ramping up a brand new campaign is not all that exciting because we’re pretty exhausted from the previous campaign,” Foley says. “We need to catch our breath, reassess where we are in life, and figure out what would be good for my family and what would be good for me, professionally. Then, we’ll make a decision as to how best I can serve the public.”
Foley finished fourth in the Republican primary for governor in 2014, losing to Pete Ricketts, Jon Bruning, and Beau McCoy. Before becoming state auditor, Foley served Lincoln’s District 29 in the state legislature from 2000 until 2006, before winning the auditor’s job. Democrat Chris Beutler has been Lincoln’s mayor since winning the job in 2007 and will likely run for re-election in 2015.