Campaign Office: 2812 Jack Pine Street
Bellevue, NE 68123
Blood was born in McCook and raised in rural Adams County. She raised her family in Sarpy County, where she is a long-time volunteer and community advocate. She served on the Bellevue City Council. In 2020, Blood earned reelection to her second term in the Nebraska Legislature.
Blood is interested in growing the state with a goal of attracting and retaining talent, particularly those in the 18 to 34 age range. As first responders age out of the workforce, she wants to ensure the applicant pool is sufficient to meet the needs of communities. She would have a plan to withstand or quickly recover from manmade or natural disasters.
Blood also wants to address the deteriorating infrastructure that slows down Nebraska’s ability to compete in a global marketplace.
CHARLES W. HERBSTER
REPUBLICAN (Falls City)
Campaign Office: 6332 South 118th Street
Omaha, NE 68137
Herbster is a native of Falls City and the owner/CEO of Carico Farms Inc. and Herbster Angus Farms Inc (Falls City); North American Breeders Inc (Virginia); Conklin Company Inc (Kansas City and Minnesota); Agri-Solutions Inc. (Iowa); and Judy’s Dream Inc. (Omaha). Herbster graduated from Fall City High School and attended the University of Nebraska.
He was the Nebraska Vice President of Future Farmers of America (FFA). In 2016, President Trump appointed Herbster National Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory committee. He is a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, the American Angus Association, and the National Rifle Association. The Herbster Foundation has provided more than $1 million to support students pursuing college degrees. President Trump endorsed Herbster.
Campaign Office: 7446 North 124th Street
Omaha, NE 68142
Lindstrom graduated from Millard West High School and the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in history. He was a Husker quarterback walk-on, and his teammates elected him Unity Council representative. Lindstrom is a Senior Wealth Strategy Specialist at UBS-Lindstrom Group in Omaha.
He advises clients on portfolio and risk management, investment strategy, and financial planning. In 2012, he ran for U.S. Congress in District 2. Lindstrom was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014, where he served as chair of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee.
He is also a member of the Revenue Committee. Last year, he passed legislation to repeal the state tax on social security benefits over the next 10 years.
Campaign Office: P.O. Box 6145
Lincoln, NE 68506
Pillen grew up raising pigs with his father on a Platte County farm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Pillen played football for the Huskers (1975-78). He was an Academic All-American named twice to the first -team All-Big Eight. He is a member of the UNL Football Hall of Fame.
Pillen opened a small animal and swine consulting practice and later started a hog operation – Pillen Family Farms. He then formed DNA Genetics. Both are now family-run businesses with over 1,200 team members. His community involvement includes: St. Isidore’s Church; St. Augustine Mission; and the Columbus Chamber, Hospital, YMCA, and Scotus Endowment.
His service on statewide boards includes TeamMates, the NE Chamber, AKSARBEN Foundation, UNL College of Business Administration Advisory Board, and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents (chair, 2020).
Campaign Office: 904 South 201st Street
Elkhorn NE 68022
Ridenour is an IT manager for Skarda Equipment Company, an Omaha business that distributes hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. Previously, he worked for Nebraska Medicine, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and military contractor Raytheon.
He believes taxes are too high, and he will strongly advocate for the Second Amendment. Ridenour considers it important that schools educate children with an unbiased and appropriate curriculum to set up future generations for success. He wants to ensure the agriculture industry is protected from federal overreach and high taxes. He is pro-life. His top priority is protecting and supporting Nebraska’s children.
Campaign Office: 12811 Izard Street
Omaha, NE 68154
Thibodeau, former chair of the Douglas County Republican Party, was born and raised in Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She and her husband formerly owned the Primrose School franchise in La Vista, a nationwide child care and preschool chain. Thibodeau is a member of the Omaha Personnel Board, La Vista Community Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands.
She was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts to fill a vacancy in Legislative District 6 until mid-term elections. She launched her own campaign for governor after a short time as running mate with another candidate. Her top priority is property tax relief, and she is concerned about illegal immigration. Thibodeau also wants to give parents more of a say in school curriculum, including critical race theory, health standards and sex education.