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Regent Jim Pillen says he's running for governor of Nebraska

Regent Jim Pillen says he's running for governor of Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen gets a walk-through of Columbus High School in July 2018.

University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus announced Wednesday that he will seek the 2022 Republican nomination for governor.

Pillen expressed strong support for gun rights, law enforcement, pro-life protections and a "demand (for) order on the southern border" in a statement posted on

"We'll stand up to radicals who want to use red tape and fake meat to put Nebraska agriculture out of business," he said.  

Pillen is a pork producer operating as Pillen Farms.

"We have to fix our broken property tax system and cut taxes," he said.

"We need to modernize our tax structure, expand broadband access and improve infrastructure across our state."

Pillen is expected to attract the support of key conservative elements in the Nebraska Republican Party, emerging immediately as a front-line contender for the GOP nomination to succeed Gov. Pete Ricketts when he completes his second term in office in January of 2023.

Already on the campaign trail is Charles Herbster, who operates Herbster Angus Farms in Falls City. Herbster has longstanding ties with former President Donald Trump as an agricultural adviser. 

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