Hjorth, 59 Other County Sheriffs, 59 Chiefs of Police Endorse Bruning
NORFOLK - Candidates for statewide office in Nebraska are busy picking up endorsements as the May 13th Primary election nears. Jon Bruning, one of six men seeking the GOP nomination for governor, recently announced that he has gained the support of 60 county sheriffs and 59 chiefs of police across the state. Bruning says he is humbled by the endorsement. Madison County Sheriff Vern Hjorth says he has worked closely with Bruning for the past 12 years, and that Bruning has strongly supported local law enforcement efforts. Hjorth particularly cites Bruning’s work to pass a bill controlling the sale of pseudoephedrine, a prime ingredient in methamphetamine. The law is credited with dramatically cutting back on the manufacturing of meth in the state. Bruning says he thinks endorsements from local authorities like this mean more to Nebraskans than endorsements from non-Nebraskans. And he says he hopes this endorsement helps to counteract some of the negative advertising paid for with out-of-state money. Others in the GOP race for governor are state senators Beau McCoy and Tom Carlson, State Auditor Mike Foley, and Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and attorney Bryan Slone.