Democratic State Sen. Carol Blood Announces 2022 Gubernatorial Bid

Sept. 13, 2021, 11 a.m. ·

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State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue announces her bid for Governor on the steps of the state capitol on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (Photo by Fred Knapp, Nebraska Public Media News)

Nebraska now has a Democrat for the 2022 Governor’s race: Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue announced her candidacy on Monday.

Speaking on the steps of the Nebraska capitol, Blood said she will center her campaign on overcoming the partisan divide in state politics.

“The Unicameral has worked for decades because its success depends on collaborative policy makers," Blood said. "Not Republicans, not Democrats, not Libertarians, but elected officials who must work together for the greater good of all Nebraskans.”

The Senator, who represents Nebraska’s third state district, is the first Democrat to enter the race. Jane Kleeb, the chair of Nebraska Democratic Party, told the Omaha World-Herald the party is not aware of another Democrat seeking the state’s highest office.

So far, serious Republic contenders for the governor's office include Jim Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent and pork producer from Columbus, Charles Herbster, a cattle producer from Falls City, Nebraska, and Brett Lindstrom, a fellow state senator from Omaha. The primary elections will be held next May.