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Republican Lindstrom touts teamwork, ‘new generation leadership’ in first ad

By: - January 28, 2022 4:03 pm
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State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha (Courtesy of the Unicameral Information Office)

The first television ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Brett Lindstrom emphasizes his “teamwork” as a Nebraska football player and says he would bring “a new generation of leadership” to the state. The ad launched Friday. 

Lindstrom, a state senator and Omaha financial adviser, faces an uphill battle to match the spending of the two most visible candidates in the race: Falls City businessman Charles W. Herbster and University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen. Both Herbster and Pillen have had TV ads up for some time.

But Lindstrom does have a considerable advantage in youth. Lindstrom is 40, compared with 67-year-old Herbster and 66-year-old Pillen. 

A fourth candidate who is mounting a serious campaign, former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau, is 46.

Lindstrom, a graduate of Millard West High School, walked on at the University of Nebraska and played in five games as a backup quarterback. 

In the State Legislature, he is primarily known for winning the passage of a bill that will phase out state taxes on Social Security income. 

He also voted in 2015 to repeal the death penalty. Nebraska voters, however, reinstated capital punishment at the polls in 2016 in an effort backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts and his family. 

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.

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