Former Gov. Dave Heineman won’t say he would run for governor again.
And won’t say he won’t.
Heineman, a Republican, served as governor for 10 years. He could run again after sitting out a term.
“Well, I don’t think you ever say never,” Heineman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln at Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I enjoy it. I stay close to it. I like it. I think we made a difference during the time I was governor. And I enjoyed the time when I was Lt. Governor and state Treasurer and the progress that we have made there. I’m going to continue to be active. I’m going to pay attention. It’s important to our state. I care about Nebraska. That has always been my focus and I want to make sure we continue to grow.”
Heineman says he frequently speaks with business and political leaders about various issues.
“And particularly I received a lot of calls regarding this ConAgra situation and what it means,” Heineman says, referring to the decision by ConAgra to move its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. “We’ve got to stay on top of it. We have to stay ahead of the power curve. Again, we have to look at our individual tax rates in this state that are too high, particularly for higher paying jobs. And we’ve got to create an environment where businesses want to grow here, not go to Chicago or somewhere else.”
Heineman declines to answer the question of whether he would run for governor again.
“You know, right now, that’s not my focus,” Heineman says. “Again, you never say never to something like that. But, again, right now I’m enjoying my time as a private citizen. I appreciate the opportunity to help other elected officials, to share whatever experience I have that may be helpful to them. And, again, I want to do all I can to make sure Nebraska is moving forward. That’s important to me.”