By: Cole Miller
The picture for Nebraska's governor race is becoming a little clearer. On Monday, an excited Charlie Janssen threw his name in the hat.
"I am a candidate to become the next governor of the great state of Nebraska!" Janssen said.
The Republican state senator made the announcement in his hometown of Fremont. The 42-year-old has served in the Unicameral since 2008. Janssen says as governor, he would focus on lowering the tax burden by taking a more general approach than current Governor Dave Heineman.
"I believe you can do more with your money than the government can," Janssen said.
He says that can happen by first delaminating the tax on social security income and veteran's retirement income.
"Let's start there and put the money back in your pocket!" Janssen said.
Janssen also says attracting new business and retaining bright young minds can have an immediate impact on the state's economy.
"We already have what companies are looking for. A high quality of life, world-class educational institutions and Nebraska values that have always promoted and rewarded hard work," Janssen said.
And then there's the controversial issue of illegal immigration. It's something the Republican has taken a bold stance on, opposing it and the idea of state-funded prenatal care coverage for children of illegal's.
"Nebraskan's want leaders that aren't afraid to take tough issues head on and that's any issue," Janssen said.
In all, top Nebraska GOP leaders like the direction the gubernatorial race is taking.
"The Republican party could not be more excited about the choices we have and how deep our bench is," Exec. Dir. Jordan McGrain said.
As for other potential candidates in the gubernatorial race, University of Nebraska Regent Tim Clare said Monday he will not run on the Republican ticket. On the Democratic side, no one has officially declared their candidacy but it's speculated that former Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook and State Senator Steve Lathrop could be in the mix.
Nebraska state Senator Charlie Janssen will run for governor in 2014.
Janssen made the announcement Monday during a press conference in his hometown of Fremont. He says he is running to keep Nebraska's conservative values alive. He says as governor he would work to limit government and grow the business sector.
Janssen, a Republican, is known for his strong opposition to illegal immigration. He also has introduced guns-rights bills this year and is trying to end state-funded prenatal care coverage for illegal immigrants.
He says his decision to run was not swayed by former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy's recent exit from the 2014 race.
We'll have more on his announcement tonight at 5,6 & 10.