University of Nebraska Regent running for U.S. Senate

Feb 14, 2012

The race for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson’s seat has another candidate.

Chuck Hassebrook announced Tuesday afternoon he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. He joins Steve Lustgarten in the Democratic race.

Hassebrook has served on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1994. He's also the executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He says his campaign will focus on education and fiscal issues.

The GOP race for U.S. Senate has five candidates, including State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Attorney General Jon Bruning, and State Senator Deb Fischer.

Nelson announced in late December he wouldn't run for reelection. Last week, former Nebraska Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey ruled out a run for Nelson's seat.

Nebraska's primary election is May 15.