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Senator Annette Dubas hits the campaign trail

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By: Jenn Schanz

Nebraska's Governor's race is once again heating up.

State Senator Annette Dubas kicked off her campaign Sunday in her hometown of Fullerton.

As the only female candidate, she'll face off against former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook in the Democratic Primary.

At a press conference at UNL on Monday, Dubas spoke on the importance of education in growing a strong state economy.

 "I believe that a solid and well-funded k12 education should always be a top priority for our state," she says.

Dubas says she also plans to increase the state's renewable energy.

Hassebrook serves on the board of the Rural Development Center, a nonprofit that focuses on helping rural communities.

Back in June, he told us one of his main focuses will be on local business.

"Small business, family farms and ranches, family enterprises, have long been the backbone of Nebraska's economy, but so often in state policy they're overlooked," said Hassebrook.

So what are Cornhusker Democrats most concerned about?

UNL senior and registered Democrat Alex Wunrow says he wants to see a candidate that focuses on Medicaid expansion, voter rights, and tax reform.

But most importantly, wants to see a Democrat that can win a general election in a red state.

"I want a governor that can win the election and then pursue the policies that they're running on," he says.

He mentioned Dubas' Pro-Life stance as reason he's leaning toward her over Hassebrook.

Wunrow says that although he's a Pro-Choice advocate, he worries about stances too far left making it past the primaries.

There are  five republicans already on the ballot.

State Senators Tom Carlson, Charlie Janssen and Beau McCoy along with State Auditor Mike Foley and businessman Pete Ricketts are also candidates.

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