LEXINGTON – Bob Krist announced several month ago that he was leaving the Republican party to make a run for Governor as an Independent. He soon learned of the difficulties of third party candidates, and joined the Democratic party to continue his run. Last week, he named his running mate, Lynne Walz, a state senator and former educator from Fremont. The two stopped in at KRVN on Wednesday.
Krist said that his main reason for picking Walz, as his running mate, was because she is a consensus builder.
“Talking one on one and developing relationships,” Krist said, “is the only way to get things done in the legislature. That’s what impressed me about her, she has shown an ability to do that in a short period of time.”
For her part, Walz said she was looking forward to the run.
“I said yes because I am excited about the opportunity,” Walz said. “I wanted to be able to advocate for all of those voices across Nebraska. I’ve been a factory worker, an educator, a business owner and a farmers daughter.”
She believes her breadth of experiences will help her to understand and work with her fellow Nebraskans. She said her focus, as Lt. Governor, will be on education.
Krist and Walz know it is an up hill climb. According to 2016 statistics 48% of registered voters in the state are Republicans, 36% are Democrats and 14% are Independent. Krist has a plan.
“First thing we need to do is listen to the people that haven’t been listened to,” Krist said. “We need to deal with matters that this administration has ignored. Property tax is one of those things, also solving the corrections problem. We want to meet and talk to people, we might take Bob Kerrey’s strategy of visiting all 93 counties.”
Former Governor, Senator and Presidential Candidate, Bob Kerrey, famously visited all the counties in Nebraska during his run for governor. Kerry has endorsed the Krist Campaign.
Krist and Walz face Democratic challengers Tyler Davis and Vanessa Gayle Ward, they are expected to win the primary easily. If that is the case, they will face the incumbent Governor Pete Ricketts and Lt. Governor Mike Foley in November’s general election.