Former state Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha has filed to return to the Unicameral.
Lathrop, a Democrat, has filed for the 12th District in the Nebraska Legislature, setting up a showdown with Republican incumbent Merve Riepe of Ralston in the officially nonpartisan Unicameral.
Lathrop, a lawyer, served as state senator from 2007 to 2015, when he had to leave due to term limits. The Nebraska term limit law though allows a state senator to run again once they sit out a term. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha is the only one who successfully returned after being forced out due to term limits.
“After months of talking with neighbors, and community leaders, I’m thrilled to officially file as a candidate to represent District 12. I’m grateful for our wide-range of supporters who have helped our campaign gain significant momentum.” Lathrop said in a written statement released by his campaign. “Through a robust grassroots organizing effort, we have engaged in thousands of conversations with voters throughout Millard and Ralston. The message we are hearing is clear, we need consensus-building, problem-solvers now more than ever to help build a better future for our state and our families.”
Lathrop is the second high-profile Democrat to file for a legislative seat.
Former University of Nebraska Regent and candidate for governor, Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons, has filed to run for the District 16th seat currently held by Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits. District 16 serves Burt, Coming, and Washington Counties.
Hassebrook served on the Board of Regents for 18 years from 1995 to 2012, twice serving as chair.
While Hassebrook serves as Vice President of Project Development with Sandhills Energy, he is best known for his work leading the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons.
“I am running for Legislature because, now more than ever, we need someone who will fight for every-day, hard-working families in small town and rural Nebraska,” Hassebrook said in a written statement released by his campaign. “As a rural Nebraskan myself, I’ve spent my life working to create good jobs and self employment opportunities in our small communities. In the Legislature, I will be an effective voice to strengthen our schools, lower our property taxes and support small business and agriculture. I will never stop fighting for small town and rural Nebraskans.”
Hassebrook ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014, losing to Republican Pete Ricketts. Jane Reybould was his running-mate and is taking on incumbent U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.