Stinner announces candidacy for Legislature

Valley Bank and Trust President John Stinner has announced his candidacy for the 48th District seat in the Legislature.

In a statement Saturday evening, the long-time Gering resident said,"I am proud to run for the seat being vacated by Senator Harms because the people of Scotts Bluff County deserve a knowledgeable and strong voice in Lincoln.

Stinner said "I will work hard to promote and support economic growth for our communities and lend leadership on issues such as tax reformation and water sustainability." Stinner's year-long chairmanship of the Nebraska Bankers Association concludes in May.

Stinner was one of seven children born to Paul and Mildred Stinner in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA. The statement says Stinner was offered many athletic scholarships and was even drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team but chose instead to play football for the University of Nebraska.

A member of the 1970 and 1971 National Championship teams, Stinner finished a bachelor's degree in business administration and then earned his master's in economics and accounting from UNL.

Stinner started his career in public accounting in Lincoln and later moved his wife Rita and children, John and Cecilia, to western Nebraska when he, and a local group of investors, opened a bank on 10th Street in Gering. Scotts Bluff County has been home to the Stinners for more than 26 years. Valley Bank has more than a dozen locations and also includes an insurance agency.

Stinner has dedicated his time to more than 20 civic organizations, including serving as president for the Gering Public School Board, YMCA, Twin Cities Development, among others.

John and Rita have been married for 41 years and both of their adult children and their families live nearby in Gering and Scottsbluff.

Scottsbluff attorney Mike Meister is also running for the seat.

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