Chuck Hassebrook, former longtime University of Nebraska regent and the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, announced Wednesday he will seek the 16th District seat in the nonpartisan Legislature.

"I am running for the Legislature because, now more than ever, we need someone who will fight for everyday, hard-working families in small town and rural Nebraska," Hassebrook said.

Hassebrook, who lives in Lyons, is vice president of project development with Sandhills Energy in Valentine.

The 16th District is composed of Burt, Cuming and Washington counties and is represented by Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, who will be term-limited out of office at the end of 2018.

Hassebrook served 18 years as a university regent from 1994 to 2012.

"As a rural Nebraskan myself, I've spent my life working to create more good-paying jobs and self-employment opportunities in our small communities," he said.

In the Legislature, he said, he would work to "strengthen our schools, lower our property taxes and support good-paying jobs and small businesses."

At Sandhills Energy, Hassebrook is charged with developing utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in rural communities.  

Prior to that, he was executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, where he worked for 37 years.

Hassebrook is a native of Platte Center, where his family has farmed since the 1800s. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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