Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
It was one in and one out Friday for the 2014 Republican primary for Governor of Nebraska, where incumbent Republican Dave Heineman is term-limited.
In is State Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha. A campaign spokesman says McCoy is meeting with supporters and people who have worked in his previous legislative campaigns, and will file campaign paperwork with the state in advance of a formal announcement.
The 32-year old McCoy, who owns a home improvement contracting business, has been active in the Republican Party since his teens. He was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2008 and re-elected last year.
Out is Fall City businessman and rancher Charles Herbster. Herbster had said he would run and formed a candidate committee, leased office space in Omaha and assembled a campaign staff, but withdrew Friday before before he officially announced his candidacy.
Spokesman Kent Grisham says Herbster isn’t running because his wife is recuperating from a heart condition, and the process hasn’t gone as well as they had hoped. Grisham says Herbster may be interested in seeking office in future years.
McCoy joins fellow State Senators Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Tom Carlson of Holdrege in the GOP primary, but former Republican National Committeeman and multi-millionaire Pete Ricketts of Omaha, who lost the 2006 U-S Senate race to Democrat Ben Nelson, is also expected to join the governor’s race.