Dave Heineman will not run for Nebraska governor

In a social media post, Heineman said he was very close to saying yes after talking to several friends and receiving strong support. However, he said, "family is very important to me, now more than ever." 
Gov. Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Former Nebraska governor Dave Heineman announced Tuesday morning he will not run for the office again in 2022.

In a social media post, Heineman said he was very close to saying yes after talking to several friends and receiving strong support. However, he said, “family is very important to me, now more than ever.”

Heineman was governor of Nebraska from 2005-2015. He says he intends to remain politically active and support candidates who can be leaders in Nebraska.

“I want to encourage the current candidates for governor to speak to the issues that Nebraskans shared with me – tax relief, education and broadband.,” Heineman said in a statement. “They want more property tax relief, but Nebraskans also know that our 1967 tax code needs to be restructured to reflect the modern economy of the 21st Century.”

Current Gov. Pete Ricketts’ term ends in January of 2023.

Other gubernatorial candidates include Republicans Charles Herbster and Jim Pillen and Democrat Carol Blood.

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