Nebraska state senator considers running for governor
By Tyler King
OMAHA, Nebraska: State Senator Steve Lathrop has been touring Nebraska as he considers whether to run for governor in 2014. On June 5, Lathrop's campaign committee was changed in title from "Lathrop for Legislator" to "Lathrop for Nebraska." He began his listening tour in Plattsmouth on June 18 with plans to stop in nearly 20 communities throughout the state. In a press release, Lathrop said, "I’m looking forward to visiting with Nebraska families and business owners to hear their ideas about what we can work on together to keep our state moving forward." He continued, "During this legislative session, we made significant investments in our state’s future to create jobs and grow our economy, including passing landmark legislation to advance the development of renewable energy in Nebraska."
Lathrop stated that he will weigh three considerations to determine if he enters the gubernatorial race. His first consideration is his family, which he says is on board with whatever decision he makes. Second, is to determine whether the issues that concern voters are something he can offer solutions for. His law practice, which he maintains while serving in the legislature, is his final consideration. Governor Dave Heineman (R) is term-limited from running for re-election.