Omaha, NE—Nebraska Democrats finally have a working short-list for governor.
Two folks—one state senator and a little-known college teacher— are in the running to challenge Gov. Pete Ricketts next year.
State Chair Jane Kleeb tells News Channel Nebraska that a state senator—she won’t say which one—“is considering” the race.
The little known teacher is UNO instructor Tyler Davis. Davis tells News Channel Nebraska he was a Republican but changed parties and “will be challenging Ricketts.” Davis accuses Ricketts of turning “Nebraska into the New Kansas if no one exposes the truth.”
According to the UNO website, Davis is an instructor with the Emergency Services Program which involves training to deal with “large scale natural or man-made disasters.”
Kleeb says “We love Tyler Davis,” adding he has “great ideas and represents working class families.”
At the same time Kleeb adds this: “We are taking the time to discuss lots of options within our party so we put up the best candidate to ensure Ricketts is defeated and we start to chip away at the one-party rule of our state.”
Earlier this year (see full video interview above) Kleeb told News Channel Nebraska that finding someone to run against Ricketts wasn’t easy:
News Channel Nebraska: Have you run into Democrats who decided they didn’t want to get into the governor’s race because of Pete Ricketts’ money?
Jane Kleeb: Pete Ricketts’ money is a serious problem, not only for the top of the ticket but below as well.