Meet Nebraska’s 2022 gubernatorial candidates

The NE Chamber held a forum for six gubernatorial candidates to introduce themselves to voters. Here's what they had to say.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The NE Chamber held a forum for six gubernatorial candidates to introduce themselves to voters. Here’s what they had to say:

Jim Pillen (Columbus) – Republican

Pillen started a hog operation called Pillen Family Farms, and later DNA Genetics. The family-run businesses have over 1200 employees. Pillen is also a former Husker football player (1975-78) and is the chair of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

He has been endorsed by current Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

“I’m about four things. I’m about agriculture, taxes, our kids and our values.”

Charles W. Herbster (Falls City) – Republican

Herbster is a fifth generation farmer and the owner/CEO of several businesses spanning several states including Carico Farms Inc. and Herbster Angus Farms Inc. in Falls City, Nebraska.

He is a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, the American Angus Association, and the National Rifle Association.

He has been endorsed by former U.S. president Donald Trump.

“I talked to individuals in this state on the campaign trail. Everyone has the same concern. And that’s economic development. That’s our labor force. That’s our property tax or income tax.”

Carol Blood (Belleview) – Democrat

Blood represents District 3 in the Nebraska Legislature. She has also served on the Belleview City Council and ran the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.

She has a family farm in Clay County and runs a farmer’s market as a volunteer on Saturdays five months out of the year.

“As an elected official, I see myself as a steward to the community. I don’t believe in party or politics, I believe in policy and people.”

Brett Lindstrom (Omaha) – Republican

Lindstrom represents District 18 in the Nebraska Legislature. He was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014, and has served as the chair of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee.

He is a Senior Wealth Strategy Specialist at UBS-Lindstrom Group in Omaha and advises clients on portfolio and risk management, investment strategy, and financial planning. He was also a Husker quarterback walk-on.

“I’ve worked on a lot of different issues, and in particular, tax reform and economic development. And I’m proud of the fact that I’ve worked at the State Chamber with folks all across Nebraska to put Nebraska in a better position from a competitive nature.”

Theresa Thibodeau (Omaha) – Republican

Thibodeau is a former state senator who represented District 6 in the Nebraska Legislature. She also served as the chair of the Douglas County Republican Party and owned the Primrose School franchise in La Vista.

“I’m a mom, I’m a former state senator, a business owner and I’m a Nebraskan. And it is my true intention to stand up, protect, defend and promote the values that Nebraska holds dear.”

Breland Ridenour (Elkhorn) – Republican

Ridenour is an IT manager for Skarda Equipment Company, which is an Omaha business that distributes hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.

He has also worked for Nebraska Medicine, UNMC, and military contractor Raytheon.

“I want to bring back common sense and integrity and honesty and transparency back into our government … I’m a true conservative. I’m a constitutionalist, I prioritize our constitutional liberties, first and foremost.”



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