Nebraska State Senator John Murante defeated a political newcomer to win the Republican nomination for State Treasurer in yesterday’s primary election. Murante, from Gretna, will not face a Democratic opponent in the general election. According to news reports, no third-party candidates have filed either, so Murante is expected to win the office in November.
While in the state Senate, Murante sponsored a ranked choice voting bill in 2014. As the chairman of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee he has been able to take a leadership position in proposing electoral reforms in the Cornhusker State.
In his race for treasurer, Murante received support from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and a number of other high-profile GOP state leaders, which helped him defeat Taylor Royal, who had made an unsuccessful bid for mayor of Omaha in 2017.