By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
LINCOLN – Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale confirmed today that he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Mike Johanns next year.
“I’m thinking about the Senate,” he said.
Dinsdale, a Republican, is president and chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp. He is the grandson of the founder of Pinnacle Bank, the fourth-largest Nebraska-owned bank.
An announcement wouldn’t be likely until after mid-September, though, he said, because this is a big week for Pinnacle Bank with the opening of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Pinnacle Bank has the naming rights to the new arena, which hosts its first event this weekend (University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduation) and has an open house Aug. 29.
Dinsdale considered a run for U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson‘s seat in 2011, but ultimately decided not to run. He was involved in the attempt to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle in 2010, donating $45,000 to the recall because he said Suttle was “bankrupting the city” with police and firefighter union contracts, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
He was recently elected to Ameritas‘ board of directors.
Republicans already running are Omaha attorney Bart McLeay, Midland University President Ben Sasse and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn. No Democrats have announced plans to run yet.
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