(Neb)-Krist Forming New Party, Gabel Makes GOP Gov Ballot
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State Senator Bob Krist of Omaha, who left the Republican party in September as part of his campaign to challenge Governor Pete Ricketts in next year's election, plans to form a new "United Nebraska" party to qualify for the general election ballot.
Campaign consultant Dan Parsons says Krist has reserved the name "United Nebraska" and will form a limited liability company to start the process.
Krist says he's not creating a new movement or revolution, he's just creating an avenue to make sure he's on the ballot so that voters have a choice.
A little-noticed provision in the state's omnibus election earlier this year sent the number of petition signatures to make the ballot as an independent skyrocketing from 4,000 to almost 120,000. Running as 3rd-party candidate requires Krist to get only 5,000 signatures.
Krist says he hasn’t settled on a running mate, yet. He plans to announce his Lt. Governor candidate either in late January or February.
Meanwhile, Ricketts will have at least one challenger in the Republican primary - marijuana activist Krystal Gabel. Gabel says she officially made the ballot and will open her main campaign office in Omaha on New Year's Day. It will be manned Monday-Thursday from 5-to-9 p-m.
Gabel narrowly missed winning a seat last year on the Metropolitan Utilities District board as an independent and lost in the Omaha City Council primary this past April in a 7-candidate race.
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