Flood to Announce Plans to Run for Governor

The Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature is expected to formally announce plans tonight to run for governor in 2014. 37-year-old Mike Flood has been contemplating a gubernatorial run for several months, and says he put off the announcement until after last week's election to avoid taking any of the focus off Deb Fischer's run for U.S. Senate. In an ad in Saturday's Norfolk Daily News, Flood and his wife, Mandi, invited citizens to join them at 7 p.m. tonight at the Divot's Conference Center for the announcement. Families are welcome. Flood is not the first Republican to announce plans to succeed Dave Heineman when his second term ends in two years. Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy announced earlier, and Fremont State Senator Charlie Jansen is reportedly considering entering the race. Vince Powers, chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, says he expects his party to also offer several qualified candidates before 2014.