Speaker of the Legislature Flood joins Nebraska race for Governor
By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
State Senator Mike Flood announced bid for Nebraska Governor before a hometown crowd in Norfolk.
NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) -
Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood wants to be the state's next governor. Flood announced his plan to run for the 2014 position Monday evening.
After serving a consecutive eight years, term limits have Flood out by the end of the year. But Monday in his hometown of Norfolk, Neb. the Republican announced he'd like his next step to be a higher state office.
"This feels right. It is right. I'm a candidate for governor," said Flood.
Flood has toured the state since June, mulling a run and talking to Nebraskans. He says he wants to invest in infrastructure, reduce spending and the overall tax burden for families, plus fill open jobs.
"Our problem today is one of the best problems you can have in the nation. We have more jobs than people. We have opportunities across the state. And working together with K-12, community colleges and higher education-- we have to connect our kids with the jobs that are available," said Flood.
To get the governor's spot, Flood will face some stiff competition from fellow Republican and current Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, who's already locked in an endorsement from Governor Dave Heineman.
"I think obviously I am an underdog in this race. But I'm not going to be out worked. I am going to get out there. I'm going to meet Nebraskans. Lt . Governor Sheehy is a friend of mine. He's a good guy. At the end of the day I'm running because I think I can do a good job as Nebraska's governor," said Flood.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports other Republicans may join the fight to succeed Heineman, who can't run again because of term limits. The Journal Star mentions people like Attorney General Jon Bruning and state Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont.
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