Nebraska Sen. Steve Lathrop will not run for governor
State Sen. Steve Lathrop has announced he will not run for Nebraska governor to fill the seat being vacated by the term-limited Gov. Dave Heineman.
Lathrop said in a statement Friday that he will focus on representing his Omaha district in the legislative session that begins in January.
Lathrop's announcement comes a day after fellow Democrat Annette Dubas, a state lawmaker from Fullerton, announced she would join former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook in next spring's Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Lathrop had long been considered a possible Democratic candidate, along with former gubernatorial candidate Mike Meister, a Scottsbluff attorney who lost to Heineman in 2010.
On the GOP side, state Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont has declared his candidacy, while several other GOP contenders are considering a run.
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