Republican candidate for Governor Pete Ricketts has announced Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann as his running mate for the general election. Ricketts says Heidemann’s agriculture background is a major reason for the choice.
“Lavon has got a background in agriculture, he’s a farmer, and a livestock producer,” Ricketts says. “Until Lavon accepted the position as Lieutenant Governor, we hadn’t had somebody with that career experience in agriculture in the office of Lieutenant Governor in 50 years.”
Ricketts won May’s primary election by a slim margin over Attorney General Jon Bruning. With the selection of Heidemann as his running mate, Ricketts says the current Lieutenant Governor not only knows agriculture, but has the experience of being a former state senator.
“I was looking for somebody who actually had been involved in the political process, somebody who is able to have those relationships with state senators,” Ricketts continued. “The governor isn’t going to be able to do anything by himself, he’s going to have to work with the Unicameral. Having that experience was another key thing.”
Heidemann has been Lieutenant Governor since February 2013, when he was appointed by Governor Heineman to fill the position. Heidemann previously served in the Unicameral for eight years. Democratic candidate Chuck Hassebrook has not named a running mate to this point.