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      Lincoln Attorney Mike Hilgers Joins Race for Attorney General

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      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lincoln attorney Mike Hilgers is joining the race for Nebraska attorney general.

      Hilgers will announce his bid Wednesday morning at the Capitol. The 34-year-old will compete against Lincoln attorney Doug Peterson and Omaha state Sen. Pete Pirsch in the Republican primary. Omaha attorney Brian Buescher is also looking seriously at the race.

      Hilgers is a founding partner of Gober Hilgers, a firm with offices in Nebraska, Texas and Washington. He ran unsuccessfully for the Legislature in 2012.

      The candidates are looking to replace Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who is running for governor. Hilgers says he hopes to continue Bruning's focus on lawsuits challenging the federal government's environmental and health care regulations.

      Fremont attorney Janet Stewart is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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