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Hassebrook to open Lincoln County campaign Tell North Platte what you think
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Chuck Hassebrook
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Jane Raybould

Chuck Hassebrook, the Democratic candidate for governor, will be in North Platte Friday to officially open his Lincoln County campaign office.

The opening is from 6-7:30 p.m. downtown at 222 East Fifth. Hassebrook's Lt. Gov. choice, Lancaster County Commissioner Jane Raybould of Lincoln, will accompany him.

Hassebrook, a former regent of the University of Nebraska, is a long-time advocate of small communities and farms. He was a regent for 18 years and led the Center for Rural Affairs for 36 years.

According to an early poll, he is trailing Republican nominee Pete Ricketts by just four points. The poll was conducted in mid-June.

Hassebrook has raised $1.4 million for the campaign, boosted by a $100,000 contribution from Warren Buffett.

Raybould is the vice-president of operations for B&R Stores, which include Russ’s Market and Super Saver. There are 18 B&R stores across Nebraska and Iowa.

Hassebrook’s key priorities include expanding education and job training, developing wind energy resources, and making Nebraska a state that is more friendly to small business and entrepreneurship, he said in his campaign announcement.

He also opposes cutting income taxes for the wealthiest.

"I oppose cutting income taxes for the top 1 or 2 percent of earners because it squanders our capacity to invest in our future through education and small-business development, and it inevitably shifts the burden to working families whose pay has not kept up,” he said. “Forty years ago, the average CEO made 20 times the average worker. Today, CEOs make 275 times their workers. As governor, I will not stand for shifting their taxes to working families…”

“We are in this to make Nebraska a more just and perfect state; to create good jobs and genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan in every community – rich and poor, big and small,” he said when he launched his campaign.

Hassebrook and Raybould will be in Gering Saturday for the Oregon Trail Days parade and they will open an office in Scottsbluff that afternoon.

He will be in Chadron Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, he will be in Ogallala for a meet and greet from 3-4:30 p.m. at 303 East Ninth.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/8/2014
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