Posted By: Camila Orti
Attorney General Jon Bruning announced his bid for governor, making for a crowded Republican ballot.
Bruning's campaign team tweeted the announcement and released a video around midnight Saturday, nearly three months away from the May primary. This makes the Nebraska attorney general Republican candidate number six in this year's gubernatorial race.
"I'm willing to fight for Nebraska, as governor that's what I'll do," Bruning says on his website's video.
The decision to join the race was one Bruning considered a week ago. He comes into the race with more than 10 years under his belt as an elected official. Bruning has also ran for U.S. Senator twice, most notably losing to Deb Fischer in 2012.
"I want to be governor of this great state to continue the tradition that Governor Johanns and Heineman have started that's made this state so strong, then take it to the next level," Bruning said.
He says his platforms include balancing the state's budget, reducing property taxes and eliminating benefits for illegal immigrants.
"I don't think it's cruel to ask people to follow the law when they immigrate to this great country." Bruning said.
The attorney general joins businessman Pete Ricketts, State Senators Beau McCoy and Tom Carlson, former attorney Bryan Slone and state auditor Mike Foley on the Republican ballot.
Chuck Hassebrook continues to be the only Democratic candidate.
Bruning's state-wide campaign tour begins Monday the 10th.