Former gubernatorial candidate says he's filed for a spot in the unicameral
Chuck Hassebrook filed paperwork and mailed it to the state to run for election to represent Burt, Cuming and Washington Counties in the Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday. Hassebrook previously served 18 years as Regent for the University of Nebraska from 1995 to 2012, including two terms as Chair.
Hassebrook officially announced his candidacy in August of 2017. “Since I announced, I have been knocking doors, and going to events to meet with voters and learn about their concerns. I am thankful for the overwhelming support I have received thus far and will continue to work hard to earn the support of my neighbors across the three counties.
Hassebrook is the Vice President of Project Development with Sandhills Energy, based in Valentine. He works out of his home in Lyons primarily developing utility scale solar energy projects across the rural Great Plains and Midwest. Prior, Hassebrook served 37 years with the Center for Rural Affairs. Under his leadership, the Center for Rural Affairs provided loans, training, and business-planning assistance to over 10,000 small businesses in rural Nebraska.
“I am running for Legislature because, now more than ever, we need someone who will fight for every-day, hard-working families in small town and rural Nebraska,” said Hassebrook. “As a rural Nebraskan myself, I’ve spent my life working to create good jobs and self employment opportunities in our small communities. In the Legislature, I will be an effective voice to strengthen our schools, lower our property taxes and support small business and agriculture. I will never stop fighting for small town and rural Nebraskans.”
Chuck Hassebrook is a University of Nebraska graduate and native of Platte Center, where his family has farmed since the 1800’s. He has served on the Board of the USDA North Central Region Rural Development Center, the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, and USDA Commission on Small Farms.
“Family, faith, hard work, and personal responsibility have guided my life’s work,” Hassebrook said. “I will take those values with me to the Legislature everyday to work on behalf of every-day, hard-working Nebraskans.”
Hassebrook lives with his wife Kate, in Lyons, where he serves as the treasurer for Bethany Lutheran Church. They have two sons, Anton and Peter, both graduates of Lyons Decatur Northeast and the University of Nebraska.
Legislative District 16 includes all voters in Burt, Cuming, and Washington counties.