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Election 2022: Omaha Police Chief Schmaderer endorses Lindstrom for governor

A candidate for Nebraska governor picked up a key law enforcement endorsement Wednesday.
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 10:31 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Brett Lindstrom, a Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska, received the endorsement of the Omaha Police chief on Wednesday morning.

“I’ve watched Brett over his 8 years as a State Senator and support him to be Nebraska’s next Governor. Brett’s well-reasoned approach to problem-solving and his steadfast support of law enforcement will serve him well as the leader of this state.”

Todd Schmaderer, Omaha Police Chief

Thanking Schmaderer for his support, Lindstrom noted the accomplishments of OPD under his watch.

“I am honored to have Todd Schmaderer’s support,” he said. “Under Schmaderer, Omaha has been a model for police departments across the country. The number of violent crimes has dropped, the homicide rate continues to fall, and citizen complaints against officers are at an all-time low. During difficult times, Omaha has been lucky to have Todd’s steady leadership.”

Lindstrom was also endorsed by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert last month.

His announcement comes just a day after the Douglas County Attorney endorsed competing candidate Jim Pillen for governor, who was also endorsed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Pillen has also picked up endorsements from 12 sheriffs across the state, including Cass and Lancaster counties.

Embattled GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster was endorsed by the State Troopers Association of Nebraska as well as Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. He also received an endorsement last fall from former President Trump, who was in the area for a rally over the weekend.

Nebraska’s primary election is Tuesday.

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