LINCOLN - The Nebraska Democratic Party is beginning to enter the ring in the race to succeed Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2022.
Sen. Carol Blood, of Nebraska's 3rd legislative district, is considering a run for the governor's seat in 2022. The Nebraska Democratic Party recently reached out to Nebraska Democrats via email, to find out if Blood would have their support to potentially contend with a field full of Republicans.
Sen. Blood is from Bellevue and was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2020. She represents the 3rd District, which includes Sarpy County. Her district borders Offutt Air Force Base and is home to many military veterans and those employed at the base. Blood said she is a strong proponent of military retirement benefits and eliminating Social Security state taxes.
Blood is 60-years-old and was born in McCook. If she were to join the race, she would join a field of Republican candidates including Charles Herbster, a former agricultural advisor to former President Donald Trump, Sen. Brett Lindstrom, and UNL Regent Jim Pillen. It's also rumored that former Gov. Dave Heineman is considering entering the race.
Four of Nebraska's last five governors have been Republican.