Why I am Voting for Pete Ricketts

Posted: May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

In Nebraska we have been blessed with a very deep bench of Republicans to run for many different offices. The primary for Governor is no different. We have had guys declare and then withdraw because of health issues with their wives. (Impressive because i don’t know how many of us would actually do that). We have had guys declare the withdraw to seek offices that are probably better suited for them. The bench is very deep and very talented which only makes the decision of who to vote for even tougher.

Being the political geek that I am, I started paying attention to this race over a year ago. This race and outcome was going to be a great indication of where we wanted to go as a state. Where we wanted to be tax wise, energy wise, technology wise as well as many other issues. Who was it I thought I could or even wanted to support? There were guys that are my 1, 1A and 1B. There were guys who I would not vote because of varying reasons. So the decision was not an easy one to make.

A few months back, I had the opportunity to spend a lunch hour with some fellow Hamilton county residents as we ate pizza and talked to Pete Ricketts on his view of where he wanted the state to be.

For full disclosure here, when I ran for Legislature four years ago, I approached Pete about donating to my campaign. During that conversation we had a long discussion on different topics, and while I did not agree with him on everything, I could tell he had some very strong convictions on certain issues that would not he swayed.

Now back to the pizza. Questions were asked and answered and a vision for what he wanted for the state was laid out. A vision that I knew I could latch on to and wanted to see for the state. From agriculture to renewable fuels to growing good paying jobs it became very clear this was a man I wanted to join up with to be the next Governor. It became clear that his business experience and his understanding of technology is what we need at this moment in time to take us to the next level as a business friendly, tax friendly state that is looking to grow and bring and keep young people back in the rural areas to keep Nebraska growing and vibrant.

At the end of the day it was about looking him in the eye on more than one occasion and realizing he believes in what he says and his core values are truly his core values. He is not changing who he is to get elected. That man that helped run TD Ameritrade is the right man to run this great state.

Those are just a few of the reasons why I am supporting Pete Ricketts for Governor and I think you should too.

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