Carol Blood picks former State Sen. Al Davis as her running mate in Nebraska governor race

By: - March 27, 2022 5:54 pm
Sen. Carol Blood

Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue testifies in favor of conducting a legislative probe of the handling of environmental problems at the AltEn ethanol plant (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

LINCOLN— Former State Sen. Al Davis, a Sandhills rancher with a second home in Lincoln, was picked Sunday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Carol Blood as her running mate.

Blood, of Bellevue, said she was seeking a lieutenant governor who would be “servant-hearted, hard working,” who had past political experience and who had “the same fire in his or her belly.”

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Former State Sen. Al Davis
(Courtesy of Davis campaign)

The 69-year-old Davis, Blood said, brings “exceptional experience to the table,” as well as a background in agriculture and environmental and tax issues.

Native of Hyannis

Davis, a native of Hyannis, served in the Legislature in 2013-17 before being defeated for re-election by Gordon Sen. Tom Brewer.

Davis was a registered Republican at that time, but had been a registered Democrat prior to that, and he has returned to the Democratic Party.

In the Legislature, Davis was known for working to lower property taxes, especially as they impacted farmers and ranchers, and for getting a law passed to obtain a firefighting airplane in western Nebraska to respond quickly to wildfires.

Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Davis was a founding member of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, a group dedicated to restoring fairness to the marketing of beef. He had been a school board member in Hyannis and had operated his family’s OLO Ranch, one of the largest in the state. It was homesteaded in 1888.

Served on several boards

Davis has served as an adviser to or on the governing boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Competitive Markets, the Nebraska Arts Council, Voices for Children and the OpenSky Policy Institute. During the 2020 election, Davis was treasurer for Nebraskans for Responsible Lending, an initiative to limit payday lending.

Most recently, Davis has worked as the lobbyist for the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club.

He and his wife, Dottie, have homes in Hyannis and Lincoln.

Besides Blood, Roy A. Harris of Linwood is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in the May 10 primary.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.