Former Nebraska School Board member Bob Evnen, a Lincoln business law attorney, announced Monday that he run for Nebraska Secretary of State next year. He is endorsed by Sen. Deb Fischer, former state board of education member Mark Quandahl, as well as Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon.
Mark Quandahl is a former state senator and is currently Nebraska’s Director of Banking.
Secretary of State John Gale announced March 20 he won’t run for re-election. Gale has held the office for nearly 18 years.
Evnen will be in North Platte on Wednesday, April 19 to talk with the public from 8-9:30 a.m. at the downtown Espresso Shop. He appears in Ogallala at 7 a.m. Tuesday (tomorrow.)
Evnen was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2005 and elected in 2008 to the state board. While he was on the state board, he chaired a subcommittee that led to the adoption of more rigorous standards in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, he said in his announcement.
H was also integral in including a rule providing the opportunity for students to recite the pledge of allegiance every day.
Evnen has served as a board member of Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the education arm of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and taken leadership roles in the Nebraska Republican Party. He was a co-founder and leader of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, the group that secured a referendum on the death penalty after the legislature tried to repeal it.
In his announcement, he noted that the Secretary of State is one of three members of the powerful state board of pardons. He intends to put Nebraskans’ safety first when making Pardons Board decisions.
His parents, Everett and Elaine, started Lincoln Poultry, a small Nebraska business that grew into a large, successful food distribution company employing 200 people.
Evnen is currently a partner of Woods & Aitken LLP, where he practices business law. He and his wife Debra live in Lincoln.
Evnen praised Secretary Gale’s service.
“John Gale has organized and managed the office of Secretary of State in a responsible, efficient and effective manner,” Evnen said. “The citizens of Nebraska owe a debt of gratitude to Secretary Gale.”
Evnen will be in Ogallala on Tuesday at 7 a.m. at The Lamp Stand.
When he leaves North Platte Wednesday morning, he will head to Lexington for an 11 a.m. meeting with business leaders there.