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Flood exploring run for Nebraska governor in 2014

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After serving Madison County, and the state of Nebraska, for eight years in the legislature, State Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk says he is considering a run for Governor in 2014.

After deciding in April that he has more to offer to the State, Flood has been traveling to several Nebraska cities, meeting residents and listening to their important issues in an effort to help him work toward a decision. Sen. Mike Flood, (R) Norfolk says, "I think it's hard not to when you've been the Speaker for six years and you get to working on all the state's problems every day. It really gives you an opportunity to see first hand the things that are really going well in Nebraska and the things that need more attention and I think this is an opportunity to do that."

Flood says some of Nebraska's positives include the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the nation, good State revenues and a house that is in good fiscal shape.

On the other hand, Flood says he would like to explore how to better fund K-12 education, finding more efficiencies in government and lowering state income taxes. "If you're living on the border anywhere in Nebraska and you're next door to South Dakota, states like that, we're losing opportunities because we're at 6.98% in the highest bracket. That's just too much."

With a wife and two young sons at home, Flood says family will also play a large role in making his decision of whether or not to run for Governor.

His exploratory phase will continue over the next 30 days and he hopes to make a final decision after it's complete.

Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy has already announced his intentions to run for the Governor's office in 2014.

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