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Ricketts is Backed By Two Former Neb. Governors

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Former Nebraska Republican Governors Charles Thone and Kay Orr announced their endorsement of Pete Ricketts for Governor.

The announcement was made at a Monday afternoon news conference in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building. 

"As a fiscal conservative with private sector experience, Pete Ricketts will bring a tremendous understanding of what it takes to balance a budget and run a large organization to Nebraska state government," stated former Governor Charles Thone.

Thone said he believes that "with our country and our state facing new economic challenges on a near daily basis, Pete has the entrepreneurial background and conservative credentials to move our state forward."

Thone served as governor from 1979 to 1983, and represented Nebraska's first congressional district throughout much of the 1970's.

Former Governor Kay Orr also made a statement.

He said "Pete Ricketts is a proven, pro-life conservative who has built a strong reputation as a man of integrity and strong character."

The former governor believes Ricketts's "commonsense agenda to grow job opportunities and strengthen educational outcomes for our children and grandchildren combined with his business experience sets him apart in the race for governor."

Orr served as governor from 1987 to 1991, and served as State Treasurer from 1981 to 987.

The Governor hopeful said "I am extremely grateful and deeply honored to receive the endorsement of both Governor Thone and Governor Orr."

"Through their leadership, our state built opportunities that subsequent generations of Nebraskans have capitalized upon. I look forward to building on this foundation as Nebraska's next governor," said Ricketts.

Ricketts isn't the only name on the ticket. Chuck Hassebrook and Annette Dubas are running as democrats, while Tom Carlson, Mike Foley, Charlie Janssen, and Beau McCoy round out the republican ticket.

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