Two Republicans vie for State Treasurer

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - Candidates in the race for State Treasurer are making a last minute push with voters. 

Taylor Royal, a former mayoral candidate is facing off against state senator John Murante of Gretna. Royal is touting his business experience while Murante says the office needs a leader with a small business background. 

Royal, a financial advisor, has said his top priorities are more transparency and making sure Nebraskans get the most out of every dollar. Royal is a CPA who told the Omaha World-Herald his education, training, and experience apply directly to the role of State Treasurer. 

Royal has earned praise for Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, who said the state could benefit from his energy and ideas. 

Murante says his role as the former President and CEO of Big Fred's Pizza, his family's restaurant, has shown him how to run a successful business. Murante has collected endorsements from Gov. Ricketts and current State Treasurer Doug Stenberg. 

"My top priority is to manage Nebraska taxpayer dollars wisely, guided by conservative values," Murante said in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald. I’m a proven conservative who has fought for voter ID, tax relief and abolishing the learning community as a senator.

Tuesday's primary vote will likely decide who gets the job between the two Republicans because there is no Democratic challenger. 

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