Dan Osborn Officially launches U.S. Senate run
Dan Osborn, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Nebraska National Guard and industrial mechanic from Omaha, officially launched his campaign for the United States Senate as an independent (nonpartisan) candidate.
Osborn, 48, told a crowd of supporters in Omaha that Washington is broken and it’s time to send someone who knows how to fix things instead of a lifetime politician.
“Washington is broken. Our bank accounts feel it as inflation and greed jeopardize our todays and our children's tomorrows. The lifetime politicians in Washington can't do the basics like change the oil, basic preventive maintenance. They can’t even balance the budget like each of us do every month,” Osborn said.
“It's time we send a mechanic to Washington, someone who has spent a lifetime fixing military vehicles and industrial machines instead of a lifetime politician,” he said.
Osborn announced last week that he will challenge Senator Deb Fischer in the 2024 Nebraska Senate race.
“I'm running as a Nebraskan for Nebraska. The voters deserve someone who isn't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work,” he said.
Osborn said his decision to run as an independent reflects where most people are politically.
“I am truly independent from both political parties. It’s who I am, and where I believe most of us are — people who see good and bad in both political parties,” he said.
“But most of all, it's not the differences between the parties that informs my independent candidacy. It's the cold, hard, fact that the two parties are too much alike in one crucial, defining way — they are hostages to special interests.”
Osborn outlined several policy positions that his campaign will focus on:
TAXES - We can cut middle-class and small business tax rates, without increasing the deficit, by cutting wasteful spending and closing loopholes used by multinationals to avoid paying taxes.
SMALL BUSINESS/FAMILY FARMS - Guarantee Right to Repair. As a mechanic, I believe this is a critically important issue. Without a right to repair their own equipment, farmers and ranchers are effectively locked into costly lifetime contracts with manufacturers.
MILITARY - We must protect those who defend us. As a veteran of the Navy and the Nebraska National Guard, I saw firsthand the bureaucratic waste created by senior management and defense contractors. We must pay servicemen and women a competitive wage. Military families are on food stamps, and we wonder why there’s a recruitment crisis.
“Year after year, big business continues to take advantage of American workers. We can't let them do that to our way of life. Too many liberals and conservatives come to American politics with hammers instead of a toolbox,” he said.
“I'm running because I know what is broken can be fixed. That's what I do. I can fix what's broken — and I'm asking for your vote.”
Osborn gained national attention in 2021 when he led the successful strike at Kellogg’s in Omaha as president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 50G.
Osborn graduated from Roncalli Catholic High School in 1994, and served 4 years aboard the USS Constellation CV-64, completing two Western Pacific cruises and two Rimpac cruises. After serving in the Nebraska National Guard, he began working full time at Kellogg’s in 2004 as an industrial mechanic.