Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood says he's reaching out to rural Nebraskans as he ponders a run for governor.
The term-limited Norfolk senator told a Lincoln Rotary Club gathering Tuesday that he has traveled about 7,500 miles around the state since June, touring drought-stricken areas and talking to rural Nebraskans about their concerns.
Flood, a Republican, pitched himself as a conservative who would dig into complex policy issues and seek common ground if elected. He says Nebraska needs to increase road construction around rural parts of the state, maintain funding for K-12 education and find ways to help farmers cope with the drought.
Flood has served nearly eight years in the Legislature, including six as speaker. He says he will decide whether to enter the race sometime around September.
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