Omaha woman walks back criticism of Democratic party leader Jane Kleeb of Hastings

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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - One day after asking for her resignation, the head of an Omaha woman's campaign for governor said they are now "united" with Democratic party chair Jane Kleeb of Hastings.

Colleen Brennan is chair of the Vanessa Ward for Governor Committee. Ward, a community activist from north Omaha, plans to announce her formal candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Monday, which is Martin Luther King day.

In a press release Thursday, Brennan called on Kleeb to resign her party post. Brennan claimed Kleeb had "crossed the line" and was using the party to "clear the field" for her own (Kleeb's) candidacy.

Late Friday, the Ward campaign and the state Democratic party issued a joint statement in which they said the campaign supported Kleeb. The statement also said that Kleeb was not running for office as had been implied in the Ward campaign press release Thursday.

The Friday statement also said that the state party welcomed Vanessa Ward's candidacy for governor and supported other Nebraska Democrats running for office in 2018.

It went on to say that the Nebraska Democratic party would work to end what they referred to as "one party rule" in the state.

Fellow Omahan Tyler Davis also announced last month that he plans to run for governor as a Democrat, but as of Friday, neither Ward nor Davis had officially filed for office.

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