Herbster kicking off gubernatorial campaign in Fremont

FREMONT, Neb. -- After officially filing paperwork last year for a 2022 gubernatorial run, Charles Herbster will make a formal announcement in Fremont on Monday.

Herbster, who is making his second bid at the governor's office, will make his announcement at the Heartland Country Barn.

The Republican owns a ranch in Falls City and a business in Kansas City. He has staked his political ground firmly in the pro-Trump category, having attended both an Election Day dinner with the former president and the rally that preceded the violence at the Capitol on January 6. He is also an ardent defender of Trump's policies, both before and after the election.

Herbster was the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring, eventually being joined by University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen, also a Republican. No Democrats have joined the race yet, and many expected high-profile Republican names, such as Sen. Deb Fischer and Rep. Don Bacon, have said they will not run.

Other potential Republian candidates, including State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and former Gov. Dave Heineman, have not publicly made their intentions known.

Gov. Pete Ricketts will complete his second term in office in January 2023, reaching the state's term limit.