Nebraska State Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont, was introduced today by Sen. Bob Krist as his choice for Lt. Governor in their bid to win the Democratic primary and face Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley in the November General Election.
“I am pleased to announce that my colleague and friend, Senator Lynne Walz has agreed to run for Lt. Governor as part of the Krist-Walz team that seeks to restore Nebraska’s future and return to a time and place where the Governor and the Lt. Governor worked on behalf of the people of Nebraska; not against them,” Krist said.
Krist described Sen. Walz – who if elected would be just the third female Lt. Governor in the state’s history – as a person who has spent a lifetime serving others. First within the special needs community; then as an educator; and now as a state senator.
Walz was elected to the Unicameral in 2016 after defeating incumbent Sen. David Schnoor of Scribner, an appointee of Gov. Pete Ricketts.
“Service to others has been the hallmark of Lynne’s career,” Krist said. “She has been a strong advocate for education, the special needs community, rural economic development, and the need to expand mental health services in our schools. She understands the problems faced by most Nebraskans in their daily lives. As Lt. Governor she will be their voice and work to make certain their concerns are addressed by their state government,” he said.
“Nebraskans are by and large a moderate and compassionate people,” Walz said. “They want state government to work on their behalf and to address the needs of the people, while doing so in a way that spends their tax dollars wisely.”
“Nebraskans have a strong commitment to quality public education, which is the key to our children’s future. We recognize the importance of helping those who cannot help themselves, or who need a guiding hand. We want to be safe in our homes, our schools, our neighborhoods and communities,” Walz said.
“In light of all the school tragedies that have occurred in recent years, and the constant argument made by the governor and others that the solution to gun violence is better mental health services, I sponsored legislation to expand mental health services within our schools at no cost to taxpayers,” Walz said.
“The program, administered through educational service units, would have placed a mental health specialist in 17 ESU units to help train teachers and provide assistance in identifying students in need of help,” she said.
“The program would have been funded for three years by generous contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Zero cost to the taxpayers. And the legislation had the support of more than 100 organizations throughout Nebraska,” Walz said.
“Mental and behavioral health services seemed to be an obvious solution and an idea that the governor would support. But he inexplicably decided to veto the bill,” she said.
“Whatever the reason, the fact remains that children that need mental health services will now be ignored or remain in the shadows because the governor said ‘no.’ That is not Nebraska at its best,” Walz said.
“The current administration does not reflect Nebraska values when measured against these basic principles. Instead of working for the people, they seem committed to working only for the select few: the powerful and special interests,” she said.
“There’s still much to accomplish on the road ahead, but I’m thrilled that Senator Walz has agreed to join me on this journey. We will work in a bipartisan fashion, as we have throughout our respective careers,” Krist said.
“So as we begin this journey, this campaign, we pledge to the people of Nebraska is that we will reflect your values, Nebraska values, and will serve the people of our state to the best of our abilities, and with compassion and bipartisanship you expect,” Krist said.