Another Lincoln attorney may jump into AG race

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Lincoln attorney is considering jumping into the attorney general race now that incumbent Jon Bruning has decided to run for governor.

HILGERS: Mike Hilgers ran for the Legislature in 2012 in a hotly contested race with longtime Democratic incumbent Ken Haar.

Mike Hilgers told Nebraska Watchdog he will sit down with his family to talk about a possible run and will make an announcement by Feb. 19.

Hilgers, a Republican, ran for the Legislature in rural Lincoln and Lancaster County in 2012, losing to longtime incumbent Sen. Ken Haar, D-Malcolm, by about 100 votes. The race is believed to be the most expensive legislative race in state history, with the candidates raising a combined $384,000.

Hilgers is an Omaha native who went to college at Baylor University in Texas, clerked in New Orleans and practiced law in Texas before convincing his wife, a Texas native, to move to Lincoln in the fall of 2009.

Last week, Lincoln attorney Doug Peterson announced plans to run for attorney general. He is a a former assistant attorney general and deputy county attorney.

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