A crowded Republican field for governor has become even more crowded.
A former member of Congressman Hal Daub’s staff and a member of the Reagan Administration, Bryan Slone, has entered the race much later than the five other Republicans.
Will his late start hurt his campaign?
“I don’t think it puts me at a disadvantage,” Slone stated during a news conference at the state Capitol in Lincoln. “I guess what I would say to that is I think I’m entering just in time. I think I’m entering with a vision that’s required in the race to be successful. We’re very confident in our ability to be successful across the state and to attract the vote necessary to win and we think we have a good strategy to do so.”
Slone is a tax attorney with Deloitte Tax LLP in Omaha. He was born in Wayne and graduated from Gering High School.
He made the announcement that he was running for governor in Gering and Scottsbluff this weekend, then held news conferences in Omaha and Lincoln on Monday.
Slone served on the staff of Congressman Hal Daub, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee that writes federal tax law. Slone also worked for the Reagan Administration on the tax reform law passed in 1986.
Slone says he can use that experience to reform the state tax system and reduce the size of state government.
“I realize that it would be wrong to squander the financial stability of the state that we have now,” Sloan stated. “And I believe I have the government and private company experience to provide that leadership and vision.”
As for becoming the sixth Republican candidate for governor, Slone said he doesn’t mind a crowded field.
“I think this is a great thing for the Republican Party. I think we’ve got very qualified candidates. It will be a tough race. I think we’ll all work hard. I plan on being the hardest working candidate and, from my standpoint, what you will see from me is a very clean campaign focused on the issues.”
Slone joins three state senators, Charlie Janssen of Fremont, Tom Carlson of Holdrege, and Beau McCoy of Omaha, as well as State Auditor Mike Foley and Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts in the Republican primary for governor. Only one Democrat, former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs Chuck Hassebrook, is in the race.
AUDIO: Attorney Bryan Slone announces he is a candidate for governor during news conference at the Capitol. [6:40]