OMAHA, Neb. – Former State Senator Theresa Thibodeau, announced that she would be stepping aside as Charles Herbster's running mate in the gubernatorial race due to what she described as "potential opportunities that would conflict with the campaign."

“At this time, I do not feel I will be able to devote the needed time to the campaign," Thibodeau said in a press release. "In fairness to Charles and his wonderful team, I want to thank them for their support, and wish them the best for a successful election. I look forward to the continuation of conservative leadership in Nebraska.” 

Asked via email message to elaborate, Thibodeau referred back to her statement.

Herbster, an agribusiness executive and wealthy ally of former President Donald Trump, faces a competitive GOP field that includes University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen and state Sen. Brett Lindstrom. Former Gov. Dave Heineman is also considering a run. The candidates are seeking to replace fellow Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who is ineligible to run in 2022 due to term limits.

“I greatly respect Theresa’s decision as well as her devotion to her community," Herbster said in the same press release. "She is a great steward of conservative values, and I look forward to working with her in the future.” 

Thibodeau, the owner of a day care and preschool in La Vista, was appointed to a seat in the Nebraska Legislature by Ricketts in 2017, but lost it in the 2018 election. She also has served as chairwoman of the Douglas County Republican Party, an area that includes the only congressional swing district in Nebraska.

None of Herbster's Republican primary opponents has named running mates at this point.