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'The type of leadership we need': Mayor Stothert endorses Lindstrom in GOP primary for Neb. Governor

Posted at 2:31 PM, Apr 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-04 19:44:46-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — One of the top three Republicans in the race for Nebraska’s next governor, Brett Lindstrom, announced that Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is endorsing him. On Monday she said in a press conference that she’ll be voting for the Omaha state senator.

“The best candidate to serve as our next governor is Brett Lindstrom and that’s why I’m endorsing him today,” said Stothert.

The three-term mayor lauded Lindstrom's work on cutting taxes in the state. He’s been leading the effort in the legislature for a major tax cut proposal that drops individual and corporate income taxes, gives out more property tax credits, as well as a quick phase-out of the social security taxes.

“That is the type of leadership we need in Nebraska,” said Stothert.

The mayor said Lindstrom's work on taxes, plus his pitch as the voice of a younger generation working to keep young people in the state and his plans to make this happen, also swayed her vote.

“I see his plan is not only the strongest, it’s one of the few plans that I’ve seen that is truly written out and articulated,” she explained.

Lindstrom is in a tight Republican primary with businessman Charles Herbster and Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen.

A poll released by the Herbster campaign last month showed him with 30% support, compared to Pillen's 18% and Lindstrom's 17%.

The race has spawned bitter attack ads from some campaigns and dark money PACs.

But Lindstrom has only done positive ads, which is something Stothert said she noticed as she stayed positive in her race last year.

“Brett is doing a positive campaign and that meant a lot to me,” said Stothert.

This marks the biggest endorsement yet for the Lindstrom campaign, which has slowly built momentum over the last few months.

“I think the mayor’s endorsement is one of the endorsements that will move the needle the most out of all the endorsements that we've seen,” said Lindstrom.

That is saying something considering Pillen has the support of Governor Pete Ricketts and Herbster got the endorsement of former President Donald Trump last year.

Lindstrom seems content with the major one he just received.

“Personally I’d rather have the mayor than Donald Trump.”

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