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Long-time Lincoln resident, former educator and peace activist Dan Buhrdorf has turned in more than 5,600 signatures and hopes to officially enter the U.S. Senate race, his campaign said Monday.

Buhrdorf turned in the signatures collected statewide on Friday. He is running on the Tax Wall Street Party ticket, which has a platform of rebuilding America with 30 million new, productive jobs, he said in a news release.

Buhrdorf said the purpose of his candidacy is to represent what he believes is the only program proven to create full employment, raise living standards and provide equal opportunity for all.

Lincoln businessman Todd Watson also has qualified as an independent petition candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Johanns. He and Buhrdorf join Republican nominee Ben Sasse, Democratic nominee Dave Domina and independent petition candidate Jim Jenkins on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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The threshold for gaining access to the ballot as an independent petition candidate is the verified signatures of at least 4,000 registered voters. 

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSDon.

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

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