Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale is getting set to wade into political waters. The Republican is expected to formally announce his campaign for U.S. Senate on Monday, several sources have told The World-Herald.
Dinsdale, who is chairman of Pinnacle Bank, will be the fourth Republican in the field. Others include Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, Midland University President Ben Sasse and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn.
All are hoping to succeed Republican Mike Johanns, who stunned the political world earlier this year by declining to run for a second term.
Dinsdale, who could not be reached for comment, had said earlier that he planned to make a final decision by Monday.
This weekend, Dinsdale is busy in Lincoln, participating in the opening of the City of Lincoln's new arena, which bears his bank's name.
This will be his first run for office, but not his first foray into politics.
In the past, Dinsdale has financially backed Deb Fischer, who won a Senate seat last fall, and Rep. Lee Terry.
He also was a major supporter of the failed effort to recall then-Mayor Jim Suttle and contributed to the mayoral campaign of Dave Nabity in the spring.
Dinsdale's Pinnacle Bank, based in Lincoln, operates 71 branches, three of them in Kansas. Among banks based in Nebraska, it ranks third in assets.
So far, only Republicans have expressed interest in the race. Democrats are still working to field a candidate.