Tom Carlson makes Scottsbluff campaign stop Wednesday

State Senator Tom Carlson of Holdrege, a candidate for governor, was in Scottsbluff on a campaign stop Wednesday. Carlson, a retired insurance agent, was elected to the Nebraska State Legislature in 2006, was elected Chairman of the Agriculture Committee in 2009 and is currently chairman of the Natural Resources Committee as well as a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee.

Before embarking on his political career, Carlson served as president of the Holdrege School Board, the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce, Holdrege Optimists, Rotary and Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Carlson says he is committed to protecting citizens through the continuation of strong law enforcement and an effective judicial system. He says he understands the importance of expanding private sector jobs and providing a good system of roads and bridges, which encourages strong commerce.

Carlson also says he understands that every student should have the opportunity to earn a quality education. He believes it is important to support manufacturing and agriculture with a fair and competitive tax policy and to implement a sustainable water plan for the state.

Finally he believes that state government should help those who are unable to provide for themselves, but those who have the ability, should, with suitable incentives, provide for themselves.

Other candidates in the gubernatorial race include Auditor Tom Foley, businessman Pete Ricketts, and State Senators Beau McCoy and Charlie Janssen.

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