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Mike Foley, the latest to challenge the field of Republican candidates for governor.
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Charlie Janssen
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A couple months ago I suggested you might make a list to keep track of who is running for what in the 2014 primary election, or at least the race for Governor and U.S. Senator.

If you did, go to the appropriate place -- your garage; basement; the back of the bathroom door – find the list and get ready to update it.

Governor - Republicans

Add the name of State Auditor Mike Foley, the latest entry in a crowded field that includes state Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont – the first one to declare for the race and flood the airwaves with commercials.

Then there’s state Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege and state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha.

Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts is definitely in the race now.

Governor - Democrats

Former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook and state Sen. Annette Dubas from Fullerton are your choices.

Hassebrook has stepped down as director of the Center for Rural Affairs but still promotes a definitely rural agenda, as does Dubas.

U.S. Senate

Independent rancher and businessman Jim Jenkins of Callaway has thrown his hat in the ring. Jenkins returned to Nebraska roots after working as an investment broker in the East. He started, grew and then sold the Whiskey Creek steakhouse chain and later started a barbecue restaurant called Skeeter Barnes.

He said he thinks the Nebraska Legislature’s non-partisan system could fix what’s broken in Congress. He said it’s clear that party politics is not working in Washington.

The Republican list for Senate has grown from two -- former State Treasurer and decorated Navy veteran Shane Osborn and Midland University President Ben Sasse.

Add Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay to the slate.

And, get ready to add Omaha attorney David Domina to the Democratic side of the U.S. Senate race.

Domina, who first became a household word as an investigator during the collapse of the Lincoln-based Commonwealth Savings Company in the early 1980s, has made overtures that he will file for the seat.

Domina is no stranger to politics either. He lost the Democratic nomination for governor in 1986 to former Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis, who later lost the first all-female gubernatorial race in the United States to Kay Orr.

Candidates cannot officially file for office until Dec. 1. Those interested have until March 1 to join the crowded race. The primary election will be held May 13.

A series of debates between Republican candidates is taking shape, with the gubernatorial candidates to face off in March in Broken Bow.

J.L. Schmidt is the statehouse correspondent for the Nebraska Press Association.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/18/2013
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