Scott Zimmerman

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Scott Zimmerman
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Candidate for
Nebraska Lieutenant Governor
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Scott Zimmerman is a Libertarian candidate for Nebraska Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Zimmerman is running for election to the office of Nebraska Lieutenant Governor.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014.[2][3] Heineman intended to enthusiastically back then-Lt. Gov Rick Sheehy, with whom he shared a winning ticket in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, as his successor, until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign.[4][5] Days later, campaign donors reportedly began receiving refund checks in the mail, the final death knell for Sheehy’s gubernatorial ambitions.[6]

With Sheehy, the previous front-runner, out of the running, other potential candidates emerged with renewed hope: six Republicans ran in the May primary.[7]

Resignation of Lavon Heidemann

Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann (R) announced his resignation from the lieutenant governor's office on September 9, 2014, following reports of a physical altercation with his sister, Lois Bohling. Bohling claimed that Heidemann grabbed her wrists and pushed her following a heated argument over their deceased father's estate. Heidemann and Bohling disagreed about her August 13 filing, which would have stripped him of his ability to farm two parcels of land previously owned by their father. This altercation led to a September 8 order from Johnson County District Judge Daniel Bryan prohibiting Heidemann from contacting his sister, visiting her home or visiting their mother's home. Heidemann stated that he disputed his sister's account of the discussion, but the order led to calls for his resignation by state Democratic leaders.[8]

Gov. Dave Heineman (R) announced that he would move quickly to fill the vacancy, which will be held by three different people in less than two years. Heineman selected state legislator John Nelson as Heidemann's replacement on September 29.[9] Heidemann's 2014 running mate, Pete Ricketts, selected State Auditor Mike Foley as his new ticket mate following the resignation. The Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal by Ricketts to replace Heidemann with Foley on the ballot on September 10. The deadline to name a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate was September 1, and state law does not allow names to be removed from the ballot after that date. The appeal was approved on the grounds that Ricketts had a constitutional obligation to select a running mate.[8][10]

Ballot lawsuit

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mark G. Elworth Jr. filed a lawsuit against Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale on September 12 over his decision to remove Heidemann from the general election ballot. In a filing with Lancaster County District Court, Elworth cited state law that requires candidates for lieutenant governor to be decided by September 1. Gale argued that his decision to remove Heidemann from the ballot was made after weighing a gubernatorial candidate's constitutional right to designate a running mate against the statutory deadline.[11] A district court judge ruled on September 23 that Gale's decision would stand, allowing Heidemann to be replaced by Foley on the ballot.[12]

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