Nebraska state Sen. Krist to launch campaign for governor

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska state Sen. Bob Krist is set to kick off his independent campaign for governor, challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Krist is a registered Republican but plans to switch his affiliation to nonpartisan and form a "Unity Party" ticket.

Krist was appointed to the Legislature in 2009 by then-Gov. Dave Heineman. He was elected to the office in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He represents Legislative District 10, an area that includes northwest Omaha and parts of Douglas County.

Krist is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot.

Ricketts has already announced his re-election bid and won the endorsement of the Nebraska Republican Party. He was elected governor in 2014.