Monday, September 16, 2013

Better know a politician: Chuck Hassebrook

Name: Chuck Hassebrook

Political Party: Democratic (D)

Current Position: Member, University of Nebraska Board of Regents

Chair, Board of the USDA North Central Region Rural Development Center

Previous position: Member, Nebraska Rural Development Commission
Member, US Department of Agriculture National Commission on Small Farms
Member, USDA Agricultural Science and Technology Review Board
Boardmember, Bread for the World

State: Nebraska

Previous election: Hassebrook briefly was going to run in the 2012 U.S. Senate election as the Democratic candidate.  Bob Kerrey had announced that he was not going to run and later changed his mind.  Hassebrook stepped aside for Bob Kerrey to run in the 2012 Senate election.

Future election: Hassebrook has announced that he will be running for Governor of Nebraska in 2014.  He will be in the Democratic primary in May of 2014.

Accomplishments/Positions

  • Opposes tax policy proposals that would reduce Nebraska's top personal income tax rate
  • Supports legislation that would authorize state expansion in Medicaid expansion as a part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Would like to improve early education programs and strengthen pre-school programs
  • Prioritize job training, in part by providing community colleges with more resources
  • Improve foster care
  • Focus on development of wind energy in the state
  • Increase support for small business owners, especially in rural Nebraska

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