Democrat Chuck Hassebrook says there are many reasons why he chose Jane Raybould as his running mate, but one stands out.
Lancaster County Commissioner Jane Raybould will run on the ticket of Democratic candidate for governor Chuck Hassebrook, emphasizing practical politics.
“I’ve had experience working across party lines on a number of issues. I’ve been a proven leader at job creation and job retention,” Raybould tells reporters. “I work across party lines. I’m not doctrinaire.”
Raybould also is a businesswoman, vice president of family-owned B&R Stores which own and operate the Russ’ Market and Super Savers grocery store chains.
Hassebrook says many factors played a role in his selection of Raybould as the lieutenant governor candidate, including bringing balance to the ticket. Hassebrook is the former executive for the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons. He served 18 years as a University of Nebraska Regent.
Raybould is from the second largest metropolitan city in the state. She has experience in the private sector. She is a woman.
Hassebrook acknowledges bringing balance is important for his gubernatorial campaign as he takes on Pete Ricketts, who chose current Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann as his running mate.
“But, the first thing, is I need to pick somebody who I had faith in who could step in on day one to run state government,” Hassebrook tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says Raybould is that person.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]