Several candidates announce candidacy for 2014 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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August 31, 2013


By Tyler King

OMAHA, Nebraska: Several Nebraska politicians have recently declared their candidacy for the office of Nebraska Governor in 2014. Candidates who have declared thus far include Chuck Hassebrook (D), Annette Dubas (D), Charlie Janssen (R), Tom Carlson (R) and Beau McCoy (R).

Governor Dave Heineman (R) is prevented from seeking another term in office due to term limits. Heineman's lieutenant governor, Rick Sheehy, was expected to run until a scandal erupted in February 2013 that resulted in Sheehy's abrupt resignation from office, effectively ruining his chances of winning election as governor in 2014. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

In Nebraska, gubernatorial nominees select their lieutenant governor running mate after the primary.[1]

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.[2]

Race background

Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman is barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014.[3][4]. 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[5]until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign.[6] Days later, campaign donors reportedly began receiving refund checks in the mail, the final death knell for Sheehy’s foregone gubernatorial ambitions.[7]

With Sheehy, the previous front-runner, out of the running, other potential candidates emerged with renewed hope: A few weeks after Sheehy's resignation and subsequent withdrawal from the race, state Sen. Charlie Janssen declared his candidacy. Although he is a member of the nonpartisan of the Nebraska Legislature, Janssen is running for governor on the Republican ticket.[8]

As of August 23, 2013, the field of candidates, both declared and potential, remains extensive. For more information on 2014 state executive elections, see Ballotpedia's election coverage.

Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates


See also


  1. Politics1, "Nebraska," accessed April 20, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  4. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  5. Journal Star, "Sheehy says he will run for Nebraska governor in 2014," July 15, 2011
  6. The Wall Street Journal, “Nebraska lt. governor resigns,” February 2, 2013
  7. Omaha World-Herald, “Sheehy’s campaign returns donations,” February 6, 2013
  8. National Review Online, "Charlie Janssen to run for Nebraska governor, February 19, 2013
  9. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," June 3, 2013
  10. Omaha, Democrat Annette Dubas' bid for governor stirs excitement about the race in both parties, August 9, 2013
  11. Omaha World-Herald, "State Sen. Charlie Janssen to run for governor; Clare won't run," February 18, 2013
  12. Nebraska Watchdog, "Janssen 'seriously considering' run for governor," December 13, 2012
  13. Fox 14 News, "State Sen. Carlson joins race for Neb. governor," July 12, 2013
  14. Centre Daily Times, Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race, August 23, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," February 2, 2013
  16., "Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race," August 23, 2013
  17. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  18. Journal Star, Waiting for shoes to fall, July 21, 2013
  19. Omaha World-Herald, "Mike Flood drops bid for governor; wife ill," December 6, 2012
  20. Lincoln Journal Star, "Don Walton: Flood won't re-enter governor's race," July 7, 2013
  21. Omaha World-Herlad, "Sheehy's gubernatorial campaign shutting down," February 5, 2013
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