NORFOLK, Neb. — State Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, speaker of the State Legislature, launched his bid for the governor's office in 2014, pledging to cut taxes and spending, and to improve the state's roads and job training programs.
“I'm ready to do the job,” the 37-year-old Republican told about 300 supporters gathered at a conference center in his hometown on Monday night.
Flood, who leaves the Legislature at the end of the year due to term limits, said his campaign will focus on “vision, purpose and leadership.”
He becomes the second GOP candidate to announce for the seat, which will be vacated by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2014 due to term limits.
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy told reporters more than a year ago that he will be a candidate, and Heineman has said he'll support Sheehy. Several other Republicans might join the race, including State Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont, Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg.
State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha, a Democrat, said Monday that he is considering a run for governor. Two other Democrats, University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, also have been mentioned as possible candidates.
Flood was known in the Legislature as someone who could work out tough issues among senators. He also sponsored bills to halt most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to switch the state's method of capital punishment to lethal injection, a move that restored the death penalty after electrocution was ruled unconstitutional.
He became one of the youngest legislative speakers in the nation when his colleagues selected him for that post six years ago at age 31.
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