Omaha, Neb., April 6, 2022 – The Greater Omaha Chamber hosted a forum with Republican Governor candidates Brett Lindstrom, Theresa Thibodeau and Charles W. Herbster, moderated and livestreamed by media sponsor KETV on April 6. Republican Governor candidate Jim Pillen was invited but declined to participate.

The forum – held at the Scott Conference Center – is a part of the Chamber’s internal process to determine its engagement in the Republican gubernatorial primary. A number of factors were evaluated for selecting candidates for consideration, including polling data, minimum level of financial contributions, and viability for the nomination.

“The Greater Omaha Chamber has undertaken a deliberative process to educate our members about the candidates running for the Republican nomination in the May gubernatorial primary. This has included questionnaires, candidate interviews with members of the Chamber’s Executive Committee, and this member forum co-hosted with our media sponsor KETV,” said David Brown, President & CEO of the Chamber. “This event will give our members access to the candidates we have determined are most likely to secure the Republican nomination. We hope this forum gives our members a special insight on the candidates as they make their individual decisions on who is best fit to lead our great state.”

The Chamber, whose 3,000+ member companies have a variety of political perspectives and opinions on policy priorities, views its role prior to the May primary as such:

  • to educate its membership on each candidate’s positions and priorities
  • to encourage all of its members to register and vote in the May primary to make their voices heard
  • to provide the opportunity to hear from each candidate at its member forum
  • to stand for the principles that unite the Omaha business community – lower taxes and regulation, cultivating a pro-business environment, the importance of vibrant urban areas in Nebraska and strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot, a “top 10 best place to live on a $60,000 salary” and one of the “best cities for young professionals” according to SmartAsset . Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people.

About the Greater Omaha Chamber
The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.