Governor

Gov. Pete Ricketts faces Democratic challenger Bob Krist.

The latest coverage

  • Pete Ricketts commits to full term if re-elected; critics say his wealth shifts power at Capitol (Nov. 21, 2018)
  • Ricketts lauds Trump's border plans; Krist, Hagel say president's actions are politically motivated (Nov. 3, 2018)
  • Ricketts lauds Trump's border plans; Krist, Hagel say president's actions are politically motivated (Nov. 3, 2018)
  • Nebraska Republicans make inroads with unions, creating 'uphill battle' for some Dems (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • With second-most overcrowded prisons in the U.S., what do Ricketts, Krist plan for Nebraska? (Oct. 29, 2018)
  • On prison problems, Ricketts says stick with his plan, challenger Krist calls for changes (Oct. 26, 2018)
  • Bob Krist's political independence draws praise from some, charges of flip-flopping from others (Oct. 21, 2018)
  • After backing Ricketts 4 years ago, Nebraska troopers union now endorses Bob Krist for governor (Oct. 12, 2018)
  • Governor, congressional candidates appear at Jewish community candidate forum (Oct. 8, 2018)
  • Bob Krist — with net worth of about $350,000 — falls in middle class (Oct. 7, 2018)
  • Pete Ricketts, who puts net worth at about $50 million, has kept managing investments as governor (Oct. 7, 2018)
  • Lieutenant governor candidate questions Ricketts' record on discrimination, harassment against women (Oct. 5, 2018)
  • Both Bob Krist and Pete Ricketts want to lower property tax bills. But how? (Sept. 23, 2018)
  • Organizer calls off Nebraska gubernatorial debate planned for Wayne State College (Sept. 12, 2018)
  • Plans for 2nd Ricketts-Krist debate on shaky ground amid finger-pointing (Sept. 12, 2018)
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts, Sen. Bob Krist tussle on Medicaid, death penalty, prisons, taxes and more (Aug. 31, 2018)
  • Governor candidate Bob Krist criticizes Gov. Ricketts for cutting NU funding (Aug. 22, 2018)
  • Sen. Bob Krist, Gov. Pete Ricketts spar over HHS problems, including spending and sex abuse (Aug. 9, 2018)
  • Debate over debates begins in Ricketts-Krist race for governor (July 19, 2018)
  • Governor candidate Bob Krist says state should spend more on Nebraska job training (July 19, 2018)
  • Pete Ricketts denies rumors of possible run for Ben Sasse's seat (July 17, 2018)
  • Prison chief should be fired, says Nebraska's Democratic candidate for governor, Bob Krist (July 13, 2018)
  • Ricketts' campaign manager sells her business, but still will work to re-elect governor (July 5, 2018)
  • Candidates


    Bob Krist

    Vice President Operations, DYNA Tech Aviation

    Website

    Age61
    PartyDemocratic
    HomeOmaha
    Public offices heldAppointed to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature by Governor Dave Heineman in 2009, elected to a four-year term in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.
    EducationMaster's in business administration/human relations, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; bachelor's in sociology, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    MilitaryUnited States Air Force, 1979 to 2000, retired as a lieutenant colonel
    FamilyMarried, two adult children
    FaithRoman Catholic
    Key issueI’m running for governor to bring new leadership to our state that will work with all parties to bring about meaningful tax reform that reduces property taxes and returns fairness to our tax system. I want to restore our commitment to public education at all levels and stop the short-sighted cuts to our local schools, our community colleges, job training facilities, and our state and flagship universities. I want to join Republican and Democratic governors from across the country to expand access to health care to underserved communities and rural Nebraska, and to reduce health care costs for all Nebraskans.

    Pete Ricketts

    Incumbent

    Governor of Nebraska

    Website

    Age53
    PartyRepublican
    HomeLincoln and Omaha
    Public offices heldGovernor, took office in January 2015
    EducationMaster’s in business administration and bachelor of arts, University of Chicago.
    FamilyMarried, three children
    FaithRoman Catholic
    Key issueMy top priority is property tax relief. Nebraska's property taxes are the 11th highest in the nation. This makes it difficult to sustain the family farm or ranch or meet a family budget. The key to sustainable tax relief is controlling spending. In my first year as governor, we increased tax relief provided through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund by over 45 percent. In 2016, we provided another $20 million in tax credits for agricultural land and encouraged lower school levies through LB 958 and LB 959. We've now had two years of the Legislature's unacceptable inaction. We must deliver more.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046