State Senator Bob Krist has picked State Senator Lynne Walz to be his lieutenant governor running mate.
Krist is seeking the Democratic nomination.
He says it was an easy choice tapping Walz for the job after watching her work the past two-years.
“She’s tenacious. She can build consensus, as is evident by a couple of the bills she’s introduced and brought across the finish line,” Krist tells Nebraska Radio Network. “More than that, she has Nebraska values.”
Walz is in her first-term as a state senator.
She says the legislature’s lack of accomplishment this session is one reason she decided to run with Krist.
“I think that because the governor funded so many races in the legislature that there are senators who feel they have to listen to what he says,” she explains, “and I just feel that they don’t have the ability to be able to vote the way that they really want to vote.”
Walz says if Krist is elected governor, the two of them would work on compromising more with the legislature.
“I think he and I have both been able to work across the aisle. It doesn’t matter to us what party you’re affiliated with,” she says. “What really matters to us is that we’re working for the people to get things done.”
Walz grew up on a farm and worked as a teacher. She now works in real estate in the Fremont area.
Krist says he made the announcement now, as opposed to after the Party’s nomination is decided, because he wants her help reaching out to Nebraskans and raise funds to take on the likely GOP nominee, incumbent Gov. Pete Ricketts.