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Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood is running for Nebraska governor and plans to emphasize for voters that he's a budget-minded veteran lawmaker.
The Republican officially declare his candidacy Monday night in Norfolk, his hometown. "It feels right, I'm running for governor."
Flood has toured the state since June, mulling a run and talking to Nebraskans. He says he wants to invest in infrastructure, reduce spending and the overall tax burden for families, plus fill open jobs...
"Our problem today is one of the best problems you can have in the nation," he told KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa. "We have more jobs than people. We have opportunities across the state. And working together with K-12, community colleges and higher education-- we have to connect our kids with the jobs that are available."
Flood will be the second declared GOP candidate to enter the 2014 race. Gov. Dave Heineman can't seek re-election because of term limits, and he's already endorsed Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy.
"I think obviously I am an underdog in this race. But I'm not going to be out worked. I am going to get out there. I'm going to meet Nebraskans. Lt . Governor Sheehy is a friend of mine. He's a good guy. At the end of the day, I'm running because I think I can do a good job as Nebraska's governor."
Flood tells The Associated Press that he'll focus on taxes, spending, job creation and infrastructure.
Flood says he will point to his work on legislation that preserved the death penalty, guaranteed concealed-carry rights for gun owners, and a statewide ban on late-term abortions.
He also helped pass the largest tax cut in state history.