Nebraska filing deadline: State executive candidate update

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March 4, 2014


By Kristen Mathews

Lincoln, Nebraska: Six state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Nebraska. A total of 27 candidates have filed.
On March 3, the filing period for candidates came to a close. The first filing deadline, February 18, was the deadline for incumbent candidates to file. The primary election is scheduled for May 13, 2014. Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]
Incumbent Governor of Nebraska Dave Heineman is prevented by term limits from seeking another term in office. Current Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Auditor Mike Foley are both running for governor this year. Only Secretary of State John Gale and Treasurer Don Stenberg are running for re-election to their posts.

Governor Note: Lavon Heidemann's name did not appear on the ballot after an appeal by Pete Ricketts to add running mate Mike Foley following Heidemann's withdrawal on September 9, 2014. State law required gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates by September 1, with no provision for removing selected candidates from the ballot. Ricketts selected State Auditor Mike Foley as a replacement for Heidemann, and the Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal to replace Heidemann with Foley on September 10, 2014.[2][3]

General election

Republican Party Pete Ricketts/Mike Foley Green check mark transparent.png [4][5]
Democratic Party Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould[6]
Libertarian Party Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman[7]

Withdrew from race

Republican Party Lavon Heidemann - Former lieutenant governor
Republican Party Greg Adams - President of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 24[8]
Republican Party Charlie Janssen - State Senator, District 15[9][10]
Republican Party Mike Flood - Past Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature[11][12]
Republican Party Rick Sheehy- Former Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska[13]
Republican Party Don Stenberg - Nebraska State Treasurer[14][15]
Democratic Party Annette Dubas - Member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 34.[16][17]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Tom Carlson - State Senator, District 38[18]
Republican Party Beau McCoy - Member of the Nebraska State Legislature, representing District 39 since 2009.[19][20][21]
Republican Party Jon Bruning - Current Attorney General of Nebraska[22]
Republican Party Mike Foley - Nebraska State Auditor[20]
Republican Party Bryan Slone - Tax attorney, former Reagan administration official[23]

Attorney general

Lost in primary

Secretary of state Republican Party John A. Gale - Incumbent[15]Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ben Backus[26]



Public Service Commission

See also

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  2. WOWT, "Update: Ricketts Names Mike Foley As New Running Mate," September 9, 2014
  3. Kearney Hub, "Secretary of State: Mike Foley's name to appear on ballot," September 10, 2014
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  5. Wichita Eagle, "Pete Ricketts joins GOP race for Nebraska governor," accessed September 8, 2013 (dead link)
  6. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," accessed June 3, 2013
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  19. Centre Daily Times, "Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race," accessed August 23, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," accessed February 2, 2013
  21. Journal Star, "Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race," accessed August 23, 2013
  22. Omaha, "Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Confirms Interest in Gubernatorial Bid," accessed January 30, 2014
  23. NTV, "Bryan Slone Enters Nebraska Governor's Race," accessed December 17, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Nebraska Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed February 19, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Nebraska Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed March 3, 2014
  26. Nebraska Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Filing," accessed March 3, 2014
  27. Nebraska Watchdog, Lincoln senator McGill to run for state auditor, January 2, 2013
  28. Omaha, Anne Boyle to retire from Nebraska Public Service Commission, September 4, 2013