State Senator Bob Krist of Omaha says it's going to be a close election. He believes he's neck-and-neck with the Governor, heading into Thursday's debate.
In a one-on-one interview with Anchor Craig Nigrelli, Krist was asked what the biggest issue is. He said, "Probably the largest and what is resonating all over the state is property taxes. We've seen a 10-year rise. A historic rate, skyrocketing 200 percent plus in ag communities."
Krist went from being a Republican to a registered Democrat in order to take on Governor Ricketts. Asked about the party affiliation switch, Krist said, " I would remind them of the time I spent as a Republican. The Republican party did their best to rid of me. So was I really a Republican in Republican eyes ?"
The retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel has served ten years in the state legislature. He believes that experienced would serve him well if elected Governor. As for what he hopes to accomplish at the debate, Krist said, "To let people know that I have more experience than the governor. In terms of workings with agencies and my ten years, I bring as my experience base. Also my life experience with 21 years in the Air Force. My ethics, my core values and I hope those will show."
Krist is eager to get his message out, noting that he will likely be outspent in campaign ads leading up to the November election.