Chief Todd Schmaderer, former Rep. Bereuter endorse Brett Lindstrom for governor

By: - May 4, 2022 5:23 pm
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State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha (Courtesy of the Unicameral Information Office)

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer waded into Nebraska’s governor’s race Wednesday, joining Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in endorsing State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha.

Schmaderer said in a statement that Lindstrom’s “well-reasoned approach to problem solving and his steadfast support of law enforcement will serve him well as the leader of this state.”

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer (Omaha Police Department)

Lindstrom said he was honored to have Schmaderer’s support and described the Omaha Police Department under Schmaderer as a model for police departments nationally. 

He cited declines during Schmaderer’s tenure in violent crime, homicide rates and in the number of citizen complaints filed.

“During difficult times, Omaha has been lucky to have Todd’s steady leadership,” Lindstrom said.  

Also on Wednesday, Lindstrom’s campaign announced he had received the backing of former U.S. Rep. Doug Bereuter, R-Neb.

Bereuter, who also served in the Nebraska Legislature, represented much of eastern Nebraska in Congress from 1979-2004. He said in a statement that he appreciated Lindstrom’s understanding of state issues.

“Rather than focusing on the political hot button issues, he stands out for his experience in actually working with his colleagues and knowledgeably addressing the real issues that are important in the governance and economic development of Nebraska,” Bereuter said.

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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 spent several years as an assignment editor and worked two stints as an editorial writer. From 2005 to 2007, he served as communications director for then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Aaron most recently was the lead investigative reporter for KMTV 3 in Omaha, focusing on holding public officials accountable. His work has received awards from the Associated Press, Great Plains Journalism and more.