Pete Ricketts Announces Lt. Governor As Running Mate; Hassebrook Responds

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Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Pete Ricketts today announced that Lavon Heidemann, current Lieutenant Governor former Regent and former state senator, will be his running mate and nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

“Lavon is a man of great character, broad experience, and collaborative skill,” Ricketts said.

“I am honored to join Pete in his campaign to be Nebraska’s next governor,” Heidemann said. “I am excited about his vision for new growth and responsible reform. I look forward to partnering with him to develop constructive relationships within the Legislature and throughout Nebraska that will help improve state services and create conditions for the growth of new and better-paying jobs.”

Born in Pawne City, Heidemann is a farmer, livestock producer, and volunteer firefighter from Elk Creek in Johnson County. His work experience includes time as general foreman for a drilling company in Alaska.

Chuck Hassebrook has released the following statement in response:

“Mr. Ricketts’ made this choice because he needed to make up for his lack of knowledge about government, agriculture, and small town Nebraska. While Mr. Ricketts has spent his life in a corporate board room or in his family’s pro-baseball team’s stadium, I have been here working to create opportunity for all Nebraskans.

“I have spent my career fighting for ordinary Nebraskans as a Regent for the University of Nebraska and as the Executive Director for the Center of Rural Affairs. I am running for Governor to do more to create good jobs and genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan and a bright future for our state.

“I am currently working through a short list of potential running mates, and I look forward to announcing my choice later this summer. But I’ll tell you one thing – whoever I choose will be ready on day one to be a partner in making the changes necessary to get our state back on track, grow our economy, and create new opportunities for all Nebraskans to prosper.”