OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A University of Nebraska regent will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ben Nelson.
Spokesman Aaron Farber confirmed Friday that Chuck Hassebrook will run.
The news of Hassebrook’s intention comes three days after former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey announced his decision not to seek the seat and only days before the state’s Feb. 15 filing deadline for officeholders.
Hassebrook, of Lyons, has been a regent for District 3, which covers 15 counties in northeast Nebraska, since 1994.
He’s also executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, a grass-roots nonprofit that advocates for rural communities.
Omaha state Sen. Steve Lathrop has said he is considering seeking the Democratic nomination.
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