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(Neb)-Krist Picks Fellow Senator For Running Mate

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/02/2018 11:42 PM
LINCOLN, Nwb. (AP) -  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist of Omaha has tabbed fellow State Senator Lynne Walz of Fremont as his choice for lieutenant governor.

   Krist says he picked Walz, a former teacher who became a successful Realtor, because of her wide experience and because she is a strong advocate for education, the special needs community, and rural economic development.

       Walz was elected to the Unicameral two years ago after defeating incumbent Sen. David Schnoor of Scribner, an appointee of Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

       Krist left the Republican party last year with plans to challenge Ricketts as an independent, but unexpected complications led him to become a Democrat instead.

     Krist and Walz began a 3-day campaign trip around the eastern 2/3rds of the state after the announcement of the selection.

     Walz used the first day to sharply criticize Ricketts on a number of issues, but especially for his veto of a bill she introduced this year to expand mental health services in schools through a partnership with the state's educational service units and funded by private money.

    Walz said the Ricketts administration does not reflect Nebraska values and the basic principles of having state government work on the behalf of citizens and address their needs in a way that spends their tax dollars wisely because" Instead of working for the people, they seem committed to working only for the select few: the powerful and special interests."


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