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NE Gubernatorial candidates have plans for economy

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) -- Candidates for Nebraska's top job are on the campaign trail for the November election.

Republican Governor Dave Heineman wants four more years, and says everywhere he goes, jobs are among folks' chief concerns. Heineman says, despite the economic rut, he's managed to keep Nebraska strong.

"We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in America. We've used the Nebraska Advantage, our economic incentive program, to help create more jobs, to attract businesses here, to allow local businesses to expand. It's made a real difference," Heineman said.

The Governor says conservative spending has put Nebraska in a better position through the recession and expects his state to make a quick and robust recovery.

Omaha businessman Mark Lakers is the Democrat trying to unseat Heineman. Lakers says Nebraska's fallen behind in some of its most potentially profitable industries, like wind energy.

He wants the state to invest more in that industry, to compete with neighboring states.

"We need to sell the energy that's produced like we do in the beef industry. We need to make the wind power, the electricity in Nebraska, and we need to export it to Kansas City, Des Moines, Denver," Lakers said.

There has been some controversy in Lakers' campaign. Several companies say they didn't donate to his campaign after they showed up with pledges on his campaign report. But, Lakers told KTIV he stands behind those contributions and as the Attorney General's office continues to investigate.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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