Meister files as democratic gubernatorial candidate

A self-described country lawyer from Scottsbluff has made his candidacy for governor in Nebraska official by filing paperwork at the Capitol.

Mike Meister is a 49-year-old trial lawyer and Democrat who on Thursday formally replaced Mark Lakers as the party's candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Dave Heineman. Lakers dropped out after being beset by allegations he inflated or falsified campaign-finance filings.

Meister blasted Heineman on a variety of topics Thursday during a news conference and said he's in the race to win it. He's lost a couple races before, including a 2002 run for state attorney general that was won by current GOP Attorney General Jon Bruning. Meister says the state needs a more focused approach to solving budget problems.