- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Outspoken oil pipeline opponent Jane Kleeb has been elected chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, beating out former University of Nebraska Regent and one-time candidate for governor Chuck Hassebrook.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1ScwG0w ) that Kleeb beat out Hassebrook by 42 votes Saturday during the party’s state convention in Kearney, where 410 delegates gathered.

The 43-year-old Kleeb, who founded the group Bold Nebraska to fight the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is a supporter Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. She of rode a wave of support for Sanders to win the chairman’s seat. Hassebrook backs former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president but lost Nebraska’s March 5 caucus to Sanders.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com



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