Evnen Announces Reelection Bid, But Has COVID And Cancels Dawes County Trip


Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen has announced that he’ll seek a second 4-year term in office next year. 

     There was to be a news conference this morning in the Capitol Rotunda for the announcement with Lt Gov Mike Foley and Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers taking part, but it was cancelled because Evnen has COVID-19.

      That also cancelled Evnen’s planned trip to Dawes County, which was to include a meet-and-greet tomorrow night in Chadron and school talks Wed at Chadron High, the Crawford schools, and Chadron State College. 

      A Lincoln attorney and former member of the Nebraska State Board of Education, Evnen was elected secretary of state in 2018.

       He also was active in the 2016 ballot campaign to preserve Nebraska’s death penalty after the Legislature abolished it. 

      The secretary of state serves as Nebraska’s chief elections officer, oversees business services operations, and represents Nebraska agriculture and business around the world promoting trade opportunities. 

     The secretary of state also serves on the three-member pardons board, with the governor and attorney general.