OMAHA, Neb. — A third Republican candidate has announced his intentions to run for governor in Nebraska.
Breland Ridenour, an IT manager for Skarda Equipment Company in Omaha, joins Jim Pillen and Charles Herbster in the 2022 race.
Herbster, a Falls City rancher who operates a business out of Kansas City, was the first to formally announce his intentions to enter the race. Pillen, a former Husker football player and current hog farmer in Columbus, joined the race last month, receiving an early endorsement from his former coach and eventual congressman, Tom Osborne.
Another former Husker, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, has indicated his intentions to run for governor, though he has not made a formal declaration yet.
Other key Nebraska Republicans, including Sen. Deb Fischer, Rep. Don Bacon and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert have declined gubernatorial runs. Meanwhile, former Gov. Dave Heineman has not yet commented on any potential run.
The lone Democrat in the race so far is former State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha.
The governor's seat will be opening up in 2022 after current Gov. Pete Ricketts is term-limited.
A press release from Ridenour's campaign said that Ridenour is running for governor as a Republican on the platforms of "fair taxes, constitutional rights and exceptional early education."