Aaron Sanderford

Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.

A second woman steps forward by name to allege Charles Herbster groped her

By: - April 30, 2022

OMAHA — A second woman who alleged in a Nebraska Examiner article earlier this month that Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster had groped her came forward Friday and allowed her name to be used. Elizabeth Todsen was a 23-year-old employee of State Sen. Dave Murman when she attended the 2019 Elephant Remembers fundraiser for the […]

Herbster-Trump rally postponed until Sunday after stormy forecast for Greenwood, Nebraska

By: - April 29, 2022

GREENWOOD, Nebraska — A stormy weather forecast led Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster to postpone his planned Friday night rally with former President Donald Trump, rescheduling the event for Sunday. Details for the rescheduled event were still being worked out when Herbster, wearing a ball cap and suit vest, climbed onto a truck decorated with […]

Trump and friends to rally for Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Herbster amid scandal

By: - April 28, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster, facing groping allegations from eight women, is hosting a race track rally Friday with former President Donald Trump and friends. The speakers are a who’s who from Trump world: Trump, Kellyanne Conway, who is Herbster’s national campaign manager, and David Bossie of Citizens United, whom Herbster has […]

Herbster targets groping accuser Slama in paid campaign TV ad, perhaps a first in Nebraska

By: - April 28, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster is using a paid campaign TV ad to attack the Republican state senator who has sued him for sexual battery. Slama was one of eight women who told the Nebraska Examiner that Herbster had groped them at political events and beauty pageants at some point during the […]

Four state senators raising money for women’s defense in wake of allegations against Herbster

By: - April 26, 2022

LA VISTA — Four Nebraska state senators announced a fundraising effort Tuesday to cover potential legal costs for any women or witnesses who might come forward with credible allegations of sexual impropriety by gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster. State Sens. Lou Ann Linehan, Joni Albrecht, Suzanne Geist and Rita Sanders emphasized their support for their colleague, […]

Three Republican candidates for Nebraska governor debate taxes, water, broadband

By: - April 25, 2022

HOLDREGE, Nebraska — Three of Nebraska’s top four GOP candidates for governor visited this agricultural hub Monday to debate taxes, water, broadband and more. State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, former Sen. Theresa Thibodeau and Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster debated questions for an hour from reporters based in Kearney, Lexington and Axtell.  University of Nebraska Regent […]

Lindstrom, Herbster, Pillen each has a path to win, poll finds

By: - April 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Republican race for governor is a tangle at the top, with three candidates essentially tied and a distant fourth perhaps positioned to play spoiler. State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, Conklin Co. CEO Charles Herbster and University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen each registered between 24% and 28% support in a new third-party poll.  […]

State Sen. Julie Slama

Sen. Julie Slama files countersuit against Charles Herbster, alleging sexual battery

By: - April 25, 2022

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with response from the Charles Herbster campaign. LINCOLN — State Sen. Julie Slama formally responded Monday to a defamation lawsuit filed Friday by Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster. Slama also countersued Herbster, alleging sexual battery. In an unusual legal move, Slama’s lawyers, Dave Lopez and Marnie Jensen, didn’t […]

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and Mayor Jean Stothert

Lindstrom has shot in governor’s race, but is he conservative enough for Nebraska GOP voters?

By: - April 25, 2022

OMAHA — Two new pieces of campaign mail being sent to Nebraska Republicans say a top GOP candidate for governor is an “Omaha Liberal” and a “Liberal in Disguise.” This direct mail targets State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, originally a long-shot candidate who has emerged with a chance to secure the nomination. The Omaha financial adviser […]

Charles Herbster continues to say groping allegations are false, politically motivated

By: - April 21, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster continued this week to say allegations that he had groped eight women were false and politically motivated. Speaking during an online news conference Wednesday from his company’s condominium on the Omaha riverfront, Herbster said he respects “all females across this land.”  He implied that the women’s allegations, reported […]

Former Sen. Ben Nelson sees a ‘moment’ for Pansing Brooks to win open seat

By: - April 21, 2022

LA VISTA — Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., typically waits until after Nebraska Democrats select a nominee before deciding whether to endorse a candidate for Congress.  But Nelson said Thursday he sees a “moment” for State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks headed into the state’s May 10 primary election and the June 28 special election […]

Charles Hebster

Three people speak on the record to confirm allegations of groping by Charles Herbster

By: - April 19, 2022

OMAHA  — Two men and a woman on Monday put their names behind what they said they either saw directly or were told immediately afterward about Nebraska gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster groping young women at political events. All three said they were upset by Herbster’s denials of the behavior. They said they were also upset […]