PLYMOUTH – In September, News Channel Nebraska spoke with incumbent state senator Laura Ebke, who’s seeking reelection in Nebraska’s 32nd legislative district as a libertarian.
To hear our full interview with Sen. Ebke, and to read the full story, click here.
This past week, NCN interviewed Ebke’s opponent, republican Tom Brandt, from the cab of his combine.
He, like many Nebraska farmers, was eager to make up for lost harvest time.
“We’ve been out of the fields for 2.5-3 weeks due to the rain and snow,” Brandt said. “We’ll switch to soybeans as soon as the ground dries out.”
A native of Plymouth, Brandt won the May primary against Ebke and Governor Ricketts-endorsed candidate Al Riskowski.
Brandt secured 44.4 percent of the district’s vote, with Ebke coming in second at 33 percent and Riskowski was eliminated in May with just 22.5 percent.
Brandt called the victory a pleasant surprise, but he believes that he’s focusing on the issues that the district cares most about.
“Our main points are to lower property tax, fairness in school funding and better (rural) broadband,” Brandt said. “We do get asked a lot of questions about marijuana, Medicaid, and gambling. These are issues that the voters seem to be concerned about.”
Brandt and Ebke debated these and several other issues at a pair of September debates – one in Hebron and another in Fairbury.
You can read more on their Fairbury debate here.
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