Republican state Sen. Beau McCoy has announced he is planning to throw his name into the ring in the race for the governor's seat.
campaign spokesman said Friday that McCoy, of Omaha, was meeting with
supporters and people who have worked in his previous legislative
campaigns. The spokesman says McCoy will file campaign paperwork with
the state before making a formal announcement, however.
McCoy, a business owner, has been active in the Republican
Party since his teens. The 32-year-old was elected to the Nebraska
Legislature in 2008 and re-elected last year.
Meanwhile, Charles Herbster, a Falls City businessman, is withdrawing from the governor's race though he hadn't yet officially announced his candidacy.
spokesman for the Falls City businessman said Friday that he was opting
against a run in the 2014 race. Herbster had formed a candidate
committee, leased office space in Omaha and assembled a campaign staff,
but had not formally announced that he was running.
spokesman Kent Grisham says Herbster will not be running
because his wife is recuperating from a heart condition, and the process
hasn't gone as well as they had hoped.
State Sens. Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Tom Carlson of Holdrege have already announced their candidacy and will be facing off with McCoy in the GOP primary.