Challenger to Congressman Smith?

Citing sources, the Omaha World-Herald says retired Army Colonel Tom Brewer, referred to frequently this month as Nebraska's most battle-tested soldier, is expected to announce next week that he's running in the Republican primary against Congressman Adrian Smith.

Brewer, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, recently retired after 36 years in the Army Reserve...a career that saw him deployed 6 times including twice to Afghanistan, where he was shot 6 times on one mission and hit by shrapnel on another.

The 54-year old Brewer has lived in Murdock for more than a decade, but has owned a home in Gordon for many years and is in the process of making that his primary residence. If he does run against Smith, it would be Brewer's first foray into politics

The 43-year old Smith, on the other hand, has held one office or another for most of two decades as a Gering city councilman, state senator, and Congressman. He was first elected to Congress in 2006 and hasn't seriously been challenged, winning the last two times with 70% and 74% of the vote.

Colonel Brewer, father of Chadron State College junior and ROTC member Kalee Brewer, was one of the keynote speakers this fall at the school's symposium on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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