Janssen expected to run for state auditor


By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN, Neb. – Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen has turned his attention to a different statewide office after recently dropping out of the crowded governor’s race: State auditor.

Sen. Charlie Janssen

Janssen is expected to file paperwork with the secretary of state Tuesday to run for state auditor – an office for which there is no Republican candidate now that Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch has opted to instead run for attorney general.

Janssen was a member of the Fremont City Council for two years before being elected to the Legislature in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He has established a reputation for being a conservative stalwart, supporting the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Fremont’s crackdown on illegal immigration and introducing bills that would require voters to show identification and return the state’s electoral college system back to a winner-take-all system.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993, serving in the Persian Gulf War as a search-and-rescue swimmer aboard a guided missile frigate in occupied Kuwait. He returned home and started a medical staffing company.

Incumbent State Auditor Mike Foley opted not to seek re-election and instead run for governor. Democratic Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill is also running for auditor.

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