University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook confirms he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ben Nelson.
A public relations representative for Hassebrook, Aaron Farber, confirmed Friday that Hassebrook will run.
The news of Hassebrook's intention comes three days after former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey announced his decision not to seek the seat and only days before the state's February 15 filing deadline for officeholders.
Hassebrook, of Lyons, has been a regent for District 3, which covers 15 counties in northeast Nebraska, since 1994.
He's also executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, a grass-roots nonprofit that advocates for rural communities.
Three other Democrats have already filed paperwork to run for their party’s nomination. Larry Marvin is from Fremont, Steven P. Lustgarten is from Omaha, and Sherman Yates is from Lincoln.