An independent candidate for governor has formed his own political party, greatly reducing the number of signatures needed to make the ballot next year.
State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha has formed a new political party in Nebraska.
“We have that name reserved, it’s called United Nebraska. There will be a LLC formed and registered and that goes forward,” Krist tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “And now the second step is to take to the Secretary of State’s office and make sure that it gets on the ballot.”
It makes a big difference. State law requires an independent gather as many as 120,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, but a third-party candidate needs only about 5,000.
Krist says he’s just creating a path to the November ballot.
“I don’t want anybody to say that I’m creating this new movement or revolution or whatever,” Krist says. “I’m creating an avenue to have people access a ballot and have a choice, a difference.”
Krist, a Republican, grew increasingly dissatisfied with Gov. Pete Ricketts, often criticizing the governor during legislative floor debate. He finally decided to run against Ricketts, but not in the primary, but as an independent.
Krist says he hasn’t settled on a running mate, yet. He plans to announce his Lt. Governor candidate either in late January or February.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]