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Pierce County resident announces bid for Congress

October 26, 2017 GMT

PIERCE — A Pierce County resident announced Wednesday that he is a 2018 Democratic candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paul Theobald will be seeking to challenge incumbent Rep. Adrian Smith of Gering, a Republican, in next year’s elections.

In his candidacy announcement Wednesday, Theobold described himself as an educator, author and farmer. As a grandson of farmers and the son of a rural mail carrier, Theobold said his dedication to rural communities runs deep because of his family roots.

“Paul Theobald’s entire career has been devoted to protecting and promoting rural communities and schools. As a student, Paul studied rural history and literature — and he still makes academic contributions in these areas,” the campaign announcement said.

Theobold and his wife, Maureen, raised their children while working at Wayne State College and Providence Medical Center in Wayne, respectively. They live on a small farm in Pierce County where they pasture-raise purebred heritage breed hogs.

“Nebraska has a long legacy of standing up for small family farmers and ranchers and creating innovative solutions to problems our rural communities face,” he said. “I believe it’s time to send someone to Congress who will work on behalf of rural people, communities, businesses and schools instead of corporate powers.”