Pete Ricketts announces Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann as running mate

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Updated: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:46:09 CST

Republican candidate for Governor, Pete Ricketts officially has a running mate.

Ricketts made the announcement in Lincoln, and held a second press conference in Kearney.

Current Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann is running alongside Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts says Heidemann brings a different set of skills to the ticket.

"Before Lavon Heidemann we didn't have someone with direct experience with agriculture since 1965." Said Ricketts.

Lavon Heidemann is a farmer and cattle producer from Elk Creek.

"I don't just talk it. I live it on a daily basis. I live it day in and day out. I know agriculture and when those policy issues come up, I'll be there to help Pete." Said Heidemann.

Ricketts, the former COO of TD AmeriTrade is running on his business experience.

He says Heidemann's AG background and 8 years in Nebraska's legislature compliment the skills that he brings to the table.

"I think I can help Pete achieve what he's trying to do with Nebraska and that's grow Nebraska. Move Nebraska forward." Said Heidemann.

With plans that include cutting income and property taxes, the duo says they form the perfect team.

"This is where my experience in business being able to look at an organization, drive the inefficiency's out so we can do a better job of providing services and do it at a lower cost. Where Lavon's experience on the appropriations committee is key. Working together to reduce the size of government and bring those tax rates down will go hand in hand." Explained Ricketts to a crowd at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Kearney.

While Heidemann has only held his current position as Lt. Governor next to Governor Dave Heineman since February of 2013, he says he's proud of his accomplishments behind the scenes.

"I'm just in this to make this a better state. It's not the spotlight that I'm after." Said Heidemann.

Heidemann stepped in following a scandal with Rick Sheehy, and says he's excited for the opportunity to continue serving Nebraskans.

"I love this state, and I love the people from this state and I love public service." Said Heidemann.

Pete Ricketts is facing Democratic candidate Chuck Hassebrook in the November general election.

Hassebrook has yet to announce a running mate.