FREMONT, Neb. — A crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Heartland Country Barn on Monday for the formal announcement that agri-businessman Charles W. Herbster is running for governor of Nebraska.
A series of speakers preceded Herbster's entrance to the campaign rally, most notably former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.
"I know a little bit about successful businessmen, political outsiders who really don't need this crap and who run for all the right reasons," said Conway.
She also had the privilege of announcing Theresa Thibodeau, a former State Senator, as Herbster's running mate.
"Theresa has a great, great reach in Omaha," said Herbster. "She's a mom, she owns a business there, she was involved in the DCPR."
Thibodeau and Herbster addressed a variety of issues they hope to tackle if elected, including education and tax reform.
"Everybody's asking me tax questions," said Herbster. "Let me tell you where I'm at on taxes. We need to revise the entire tax system in Nebraska."
"We have too high of taxes in Nebraska," said Thidbodeau. "From property tax to income tax to Social Security tax. We are losing children and seniors like there's no tomorrow. What is keeping them in this state because they are being overtaxed?"
Another topic throughout the rally was Herbster's connection to former President Donald Trump.
"If it's the difference between being disloyal to President Donald J. Trump or becoming governor of Nebraska, I will not be disloyal to the 45th President of the United States of America," said Herbster.
But he doesn't see that relationship hindering his ability to get elected.
"I don't believe that it will, but I'm the type of person that I'm loyal and I'm honest and I'm trustworthy," said Herbster. "Whether I get elected to a political office or whether I'm running a company or business or I help somebody out, they can be assured that I am always going to be loyal to their cause."
Herbster will now embark on a tour of the Cornhusker State including visits to Lincoln, Kearney and Central City.