UPDATED, Jan. 14, 2022, 10:30 am: Updated to add reference to additional candidate for State Board of Education.
All but one of the announced candidates for Nebraska governor are expected to attend a Jan. 20 forum in North Platte sponsored by the Lincoln County Cattlemen.
A press release by the local group says the three announced candidates for the Legislature’s District 42 seat also will appear, as will two of three expected candidates for western Nebraska’s District 7 seat on the State Board of Education.
The forum at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 Rodeo Road, will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with the gubernatorial candidates, according to the press release.
After a short break, the Unicameral and state education board candidates will speak starting at 7:30 p.m.
Moderators will ask questions of forum candidates, but spectators may submit questions to be asked, the Lincoln County Cattlemen press release said.
Announced candidates for governor who have confirmed they’ll appear include state Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the lone announced Democrat, and Republicans Charles Herbster of Falls City, Michael Connely of York and Sen. Brett Lindstrom, former state Sen. Theresa Thibodeau and Breland Ridenour, all of Omaha.
University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus, the other announced GOP gubernatorial candidate, was not on the press release’s list of candidates planning to attend the North Platte forum.
All hope to succeed two-term Gov. Pete Ricketts, who must retire next January due to term limits.
Lincoln County Commissioner Chris Bruns, retired Great Plains Health CEO Mel McNea and Brenda Fourtner, all of North Platte, will speak about the District 42 race during the event’s second half.
All three hope to succeed term-limited Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte, whose second and last four-year stint expires next January.
Robin Stevens of Gothenburg, who’s seeking a second District 7 term on the state education board, and announced challenger Elizabeth Tegtmeier of North Platte will round out the evening’s speakers.
Pat Moore of Litchfield also has filed to challenge Stevens for his District 7 seat.
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