Longtime Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale won’t run for re-election

LINCOLN — After serving 17 years in the office, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election in 2018.

The announcement by the 76-year-old Republican sets up a wide-open race for the post, which oversees state elections, corporate filings and various record-keeping functions.

“Being Secretary of State has been one of the most fulfilling, exciting and memorable experiences of my career,” Gale said in a statement. “I feel very lucky to have been able to offer my public service as a constitutional officer to Nebraska and its citizens.”

Gale, a former North Platte attorney, was appointed to the post in December 2000 by then-Gov. Mike Johanns after Scott Moore resigned to take another job.

Gale was then elected to four-year terms in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

He is a graduate of Omaha North High School, earning his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

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