LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy said Friday that he wants to fill his boss' job once Republican Gov. Dave Heineman's term ends.
Sheehy said he plans to file paperwork later this month or in early August to run in the 2014 election. Heineman's term will be up in January 2015.
"I have the best job, and I get to see the best of Nebraska every day," Sheehy said by phone from the state's Oregon Trail Days festivities in Gering. "I've served six and a half years as lieutenant governor, and I've enjoyed the experience. For me, it just seems like a logical step to run for governor."
Sheehy, a 51-year-old Republican from Hastings, was sworn in as lieutenant governor in January 2005. He said he has already garnered widespread support from Nebraskans who have volunteered to serve as county campaign chairs.
Sheehy said he wants to continue the state's focus on fiscal responsibility and attracting new business. The former paramedic said he would also push for improvements in Nebraska's long-term care services for the elderly.
Sheehy said he hasn't kept his intention to run a secret from potential supporters, but he has been occupied in recent weeks the state's flood emergency.
As lieutenant governor, Sheehy also serves as the state's homeland security director and coordinates public safety activities among the State Patrol, the National Guard, the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies.
Sheehy worked for Rural/Metro Ambulance for more than 20 years as an emergency medical technician, paramedic field supervisor and as the company's market general manager. He was twice elected mayor of Hastings and served six years on the City Council.
Sheehy and his wife, Connie, have two children.