Young candidate vies for governor

by: George Lauby – The North Platte Bulletin - Jul. 5, 2021


Thus far, five Republican candidates have declared their interest in the governor’s seat, leading to concerns that the number of candidates might reach double figures.

Breland Ridenour, an Information Technology specialist, presents a fresh face. He was in North Platte July 2, drumming up support for his candidacy. He met the Lincoln County Republicans at Cody Park. The day before, he did the same in Keith County. Then he headed for Tekama for the July 4 parade.  


Breland Ridenour

Ridenour currently manages the IT department for Skarda Equipment of Omaha, distributors of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. Before that, he worked for Nebraska Medicine – the University of Nebraska’s medical center – and before that, Raytheon, a military contractor.

That gives him experience in the core fields of health, manufacturing, and the military. He said information technology is all about using tools to solve problems. And, computer technology will continue to be a vital part of life, and he understands it.

“There is a lack of candidates who are willing to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done,” he said in an interview with the Bulletin. “They are not truly independent.”

Ridenour was drawn to politics as well as business as a child, discussing issues and events with his parents at an early age. He started his first business at age 13, helping clients with their computers, and by age 16 owned the company himself.

“We debated things a lot at home – politics and news,” he said. “I understood the importance of politics in our development, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Ridenour has two basic ambitions if he is elected — to help cut the costs of government and to ensure election integrity. He also wants to tackle the problem of high property taxes.

He said he’d take a 360-degree view to find solutions, working across the aisle to put the right minds and perspectives on problems.

In the 2020 presidential election, “We have proof that the parameters were changed illegally,” he said. “Computer systems have vulnerabilities. There are enough solid reasons to doubt the outcome that they should be investigated. When government sweeps things under the run, government loses the trust of the people.”

“I like challenges,” he said. “I don’t scare away. It’s in trials of fire that you become stronger.”

“Politics is about knowing how to work with people with all sorts of personalities and agendas,” he added. “I can do that, and I’m not in the pocket of anyone else.”

Although reluctant to put down his opponents, he said they have business positions and political reputations to protect.

“They are disconnected from the majority of the middle class whereas, that’s where I come from,” he said. “I have come from the bottom and worked my way up with honesty and integrity. People are rising up against the swamp creatures, politicians with hidden agendas, RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and politicians like them. I have energy and passion and I’m all about government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

According to his website, he is:

  • A die-hard proponent of Constitutional integrity.

  • An unwavering supporter of personal liberties.

  • Guided by an unshakeable moral compass.

Ridenour is married and has two children, ages 13 and 8. He lives in Elkhorn. His website is

(reposted with permission from the author)