Charles Herbster

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Charles Herbster
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Place of birthFalls City, Nebraska
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Charles Herbster was considering a run to be the Republican candidate for Governor in the 2014 elections. He announced on August 23, 2013, that he would no longer seek the Republican nomination in May as his wife recuperates from heart surgery. He has not ruled out running in later elections.[1] Herbster is the owner of a Kansas City, Mo., manufacturing company and a Falls City cattle ranch; Herbster Angus Farms, started by his grandparents.[2]



See also: Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Herbster was considering a run for election to the office of Governor. While he had formed a candidate committee, leased office space in Omaha and assembled a campaign staff he had never formally declared his candidacy. He announced on August 23, 2013, that he would no longer seek the Republican nomination. He has not ruled out running in later elections.[1]

After dropping out of the race, Herbster gave fellow Republican Beau McCoy's campaign over $594,000 in cash and more than $265,000 in consultant services that Herbster had already paid for. After his announcement that he was no longer running, Herbster encouraged McCoy to run but did not promise this donation to him.[3] Both McCoy's and Herbster's campaigns believed that after the money was raised for Herbster it could not be returned, only donated to another candidate or charity. Frank Daley, the executive director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission said that the donations could have been returned to the original donors, including Herbster himself.[4]


Democrats rose questions on which residence Herbster owned was his main home. Nebraska laws dictate that a governor must live in the state for five consecutive years, and Herbster owned homes in both Nebraska and Kansas. Herbster stated that his Kansas home, a newer residence valued at over $430,000, was used for business and when traveling. Vince Powers, chairman of the Nebraska Democratic party said the speculation was because Herbster's Nebraska home was only appraised at $18,000. Richardson County Assessor Pamela Vice noted that the home had not been appraised in 13 years, and that information was likely to be wrong. Hebrster and his wife were registered to vote with the address of the Falls City home in Nebraska, but as recently as 2004 Herbster listed his Kansas home as his permanent address on a donation to the National Republican Congressional Committee. This same scenario happened in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race last year, however the parties were switched. Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey was accused of living out of state by the Republican party. Powers joked that they "will just substitute Herbster for Kerrey in last year’s (Republican) press releases and reissue them.”[5]


Charles Herbster, and his wife Judy, run the Herbster Angus Farm started by Charles' grandparent's. Judy underwent open heart surgery in June of 2013 which was suspected to be the reason for the delay in Charles announcement of candidacy, and ultimately led to his decision to not run in 2014.[6][1]

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