LINCOLN — Bob Evnen of Lincoln announced Monday that he will run for secretary of state in 2018.
Evnen, a Republican, is a former State Board of Education member and a Lincoln attorney who helped lead the effort to overturn Nebraska’s death penalty repeal law.
Last month, current Secretary of State John Gale, 76, also a Republican, announced he would not seek re-election after serving 17 years in office.
The secretary of state’s duties include overseeing state elections and corporate records, and serving on various boards, including the Board of Pardons.
Evnen said in a press release that he’s running for secretary of state to ensure that voting is fair and secure and that only those who are lawfully entitled to vote cast ballots. Evnen said he’s a supporter of voter ID.
Evnen was a leader of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, which conducted the successful petition drive that placed a death penalty referendum on the November ballot. Voters decided to keep the death penalty on the books.
In 2015, state lawmakers had repealed capital punishment, narrowly overriding a veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts.