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Herbster announces his run for Nebraska governor

Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 5:20 PM CDT
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FREMONT, Neb. (WOWT) - The Falls City farmer and Nebraska agri-businessman Charles Herbster chose the Heartland Country Barn backdrop in Fremont to make his announcement for state governor.

“I’m not a politician. I’m a farmer, I’m a cattle breeder. In fact, I wanted to ride in here on a bull, but they nixed that,” said Herbster.

Herbster, a close friend of President Trump’s said that if he had to pick between being governor of Nebraska or being disloyal to Trump, the governor part would have to go. He has known Trump for 16 years.

“I learned the ability to stand for what you believe in, regardless of the consequences,” said Herbster.

The bond is tight enough that the president former Campaign Manager and Adviser Kellyanne Conway come to Nebraska today.

“This one is easy. I know a little about successful businessmen and political outsiders,” said Conway.

Herbster didn’t waste any time in his bid for governor to announce his running mate.

“As we move forward, there are big issues we need to tackle. We have too high of taxes in Nebraska, from income to property to social security taxes,” said Theresa Thibodeaux, Herbster’s running mate.

Theresa is a former state lawmaker. She’s also the younger sister of Omaha City Councilmember Aimee Melton.

“I’m not concerned about who else will run, I’m concerned about what I will do serving the people of my state. My greatest asset is working 20-hour days, I’ve done it all my life, I do that well,” said Herbster.

He told the crowd, governors are the last line of defense for what comes out of Washington, D.C. There are several top Republican officeholders who say they are out, from Sen. Fischer to Congressman Bacon.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regent Jim Pillen is also running for governor. He’s a former Huskers from the late 70s who lives in Columbus.

The field is likely to get more crowded and the primary isn’t until next spring.

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