Another candidate has entered the 2014 Nebraska governor’s race. Omaha businessman and one-time Senate candidate Pete Ricketts made it official with an announcement Sunday afternoon on the UNO campus.
“In 2006 I put a lot of my own money in the race and I thought that would make me independent and what it really said to people was oh look, he's trying to buy the race, which of course was not my intention. And so this time around I'm really gonna work with Nebraskans to get them to be on my team and I also realize when you're raising money you're raising support."
Ricketts says the main focus of his campaign will be strengthening the education system, increasing jobs and improving the rural community.
It’s a crowded field for the Republican nomination as Ricketts joins State Auditor Mike Foley and state Sens. Charlie Janssen, Tom Carlson and Beau McCoy. Among the Democratic candidates so far are state Sen. Annette Dubas and former NU regent Chuck Hassebrook.