Republican Doug Peterson may not be the most widely known candidate in the GOP primary race for Nebraska attorney general, but he has one well-known name in his corner: former Gov. Kay Orr.
Orr endorsed Peterson on Monday.
“Doug Peterson is a man of high character who will serve Nebraska with honesty and integrity,” Orr said in a press release. “His experiences as an assistant attorney general, deputy county attorney and in private practice will make him an incredibly effective advocate for all Nebraskans.”
Peterson, 53, is one of four Republicans who have quickly mounted campaign bids for what suddenly became an open race when Attorney General Jon Bruning decided earlier this month to run for governor.
The three other Republicans are State Sen. Pete Pirsch of Omaha, Omaha attorney Brian Buescher and Lincoln attorney Mike Hilgers.
In addition, Democrat Janet Stewart of Fremont is running. If no other Democrat enters the race, Stewart will advance to the fall election.
This is Peterson's first bid for public office. He is currently an attorney with Keating, O'Gara, Nedved & Peter.
Orr served as a governor for four years, starting in 1987. In past elections, she has made her political influence felt with endorsements. In 2012, she endorsed now-U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.