Published On: Wed, Sep 11th, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate to be here Thursday

Chuck Hassebrook_Headshot

LYONS — Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook will be in the Hartington area this week to meet with area residents, listen to their concerns and share his views.

Hassebrook, the long-time director of the Center for Rural Affairs and former Nebraska Regent, announced earlier this summer he will seek to replace Gov. Dave Heineman in next year’s election.

Gov. Heineman is term-limited out and will not be able to seek another term in office.

Meg Mandy, campaign communications director, said Hassebrook will be in the area around 2:30 Thursday.  A 3:30 p.m. public meeting has also been set up at the new Nissen Wine facility on Highway 57, Mandy said.

Mandy said Hassebrook is jump starting his campaign for Governor this week by making campaign stops in seven Northeast Neb. cities.  These will be the first stops in a statewide tour of 75 counties by Thanksgiving.

Hassebrook will be also meeting with voters from Stanton, Wayne and South Sioux City on Thursday. He plans stops in Schuyler, David City, Blair and Omaha on Friday.

Hassebrook has long been an advocate for rural communities and rural development. He worked to gain support for rural Nebraska both in his job with the Center for Rural Affair and as a Regent.

One of his final actions on the Board of Regents was to establish the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The University is currently searching for a director to get the Institute underway.