Update:Kerrey To Run For Johanns' Seat?

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

 Dear Fellow Nebraskans,

We would like to share with you a decision we have made about running for re-election to the United States Senate.  We have decided not to seek re-election.
Words are inadequate to fully express our appreciation for the friendship and support you have given to us over the past three decades.
With everything in life, there is a time and a season.  At the end of this term, we will have been in public service over 32 years.  Between the two of us, we have been on the ballot for primary and general elections 16 times and we have served in eight offices.  It is time to close this chapter of our lives.
During these many years, we have cherished our time together.  So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith. We are also confident that there will be many more opportunities to serve our state and our nation.
We look forward to the remaining time in the Senate.  It is an honor to have served in so many ways over so many years.
May God continue to bless Nebraska and our great nation.
Mike & Stephanie Johanns

Tuesday morning, former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey told 1110 KFAB that he is "not ruling out" a run for Senate in 2014.

The comment comes a day after Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns announced he will not run for re-election.

In a letter to Nebraskans (see sidebar), Johanns said it is time for this chapter in his and Stephanie's life to end. They want to spend more time focusing on family and their faith.

"To be honest with you, we are looking for a quieter life," said Senator Johanns in an interview in Sarpy County on Monday.

He'll be 64 when he finishes his term in 2015. He's spent half his life in public service as a mayor -- governor and U.S. Agriculture Secretary.

"There was no single motivating factor," he said when asked the reasons why he is not running for a second term.

Many are wondering if Governor Dave Heineman will enter the U.S. Senate Race. "My heart's in Nebraska...not Washington D.C," he said Monday afternoon.

Governor Heineman chose not to run for the open senate seat Deb Fischer won last fall. He doesn't seem to be close to changing his mind this time around. "I'll think about it -- but I don't want you to misinterpret that. I've always been very clear. I love being governor. It's always been my dream job."

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman thanked Johanns for his service to the state.

“Senator Mike Johanns is a remarkably outstanding public official, said Johanns. "His career spans decades of dedicated service at the local, state and national levels. As a mayor, a Governor, a Cabinet Secretary, and now as a U.S. Senator, Senator Johanns has always been a leader of our state and of our nation. We are forever thankful for his commitment to serving our citizens, in particular, our farmers and ranchers, and our veterans. Sally and I are both thankful and grateful to Senator Johanns and Stephanie for their service. Nebraskans are proud of you.”

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