Hassebrook Pledges Competitive Race for Governor

While Republican candidates for Governor try to separate themselves from the pack, the lone Democrat in the race tells voters to keep an open mind.

Former University Regent Chuck Hassebrook will advance directly to the November ballot, while Republicans battle it out in the May primary.

Hassebrook says he's had success raising funds, and says his will be the most competitive Democratic campaign in decades.

Three of our last seven governors were Democrats, which demonstrates that while we may lean Republican here, Nebraskans still vote for the person. We're going to work very hard, I'm going to work very hard to earn the vote of Nebraskans in this election.

Hassebook is former director of the Center for Rural Affairs.

While Gov. Heineman wants farm land to be valued lower for tax purposes, Hassebrook disagrees with that approach.

He believes the state needs new tax credits that target small family farmers and modest homeowners.

And when it comes to creating jobs, Hassebrook says his focus would be on small businesses, and helping them grow.