Indepentent U.S. Senate Candidate not Invited to Business Forum



Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins today objected to a decision by the National Federation of Independent Business not to invite him to a small business forum featuring other Senate candidates. The April 22 event is scheduled to be held in Omaha. Jenkins said it's an example of bias against non-partisan candidates. NFIB spokesman Stephanie Wentz said the decision was based on which candidates had filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office by the March filing deadline. Under current Nebraska election law, only candidates who are officially identified by their party may file for Primary Elections. In order to qualify for the November ballot, Jenkins must first collect and have validated 4,000 signatures from registered Nebraska voters. Jenkins said, by every other standard, he is a legitimate candidate for the Senate.