Bryan Slone, a Gering native, announced his run for candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska this Saturday at the Gering Civic Center Saturday.
Slone is a Gering graduate who was born in Wayne, Neb. and grew up in small towns throughout Nebraska, including Laurel, Neligh, Crete, Gordon and Gering.
Upon his graduation, Slone went to the University of Nebraska, where he studied business and accounting. He received his Bachelors of Science in business administration in 1979 and earned his law degree in 1983 from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
In 1993, as a partner in the Washington law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, Slone relocated to Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, He helped establish one of the first international law firms.
Slone and his team helped Germany make the transition from communism to a free market society.
Because of Slone’s experience in small towns, he says small towns embody what it means to be a Nebraskan and growing up in Gering taught him important lessons – the lessons of hard work and self-reliance.
After leaving Gering and going to college, Slone met his wife, Leslie and the couple had two children, Steven, 27 and Lauryn, 25.
As he and Lesilie started their family something happened that Slone prides himself in. President Ronald Reagan signed the tax reform act of 1986, a law that cut out thousands of special interest tax loopholes and slashed rates for individuals, families and businesses.
“That was a great day,” Slone said.
“As a young attorney working for a Nebraska Congressman on the tax-writing Ways and Means committee, I’d helped write portions of the law. And that law sparked one of the greatest periods of economic growth in our history.”
Slone says he will never forget Reagan’s words that day at the Rose Garden.
“This country was founded on faith in the individual . . . faith in the resources and bounty of each and every separate human soul.”
Slone believes people can achieve the same success in Nebraska. And that with a free market vision, conservative values and principled leadership, “we can build our state into a vibrant destination.”
His vision for Nebraska’s future includes growing Nebraska’s economy and creating jobs, lowering taxes, ensuring a unique quality of life that retains home state resources and attracting the best brightest and entrepreneurial from the rest of the US.
As governor Slone will oppose Obamacare and Medicaid.
Additionally, he will build on Dave Heineman’s principals by following a three-point plan.
First, Slone wants tax reform to eliminate loopholes and make taxes lower.
“That’ll level the playing field for individuals and small businesses,” Slone said. “I want to see small towns do big things.”
Second, he wishes to ensure University of Nebraska students at every campus the same opportunities for higher education, career training and research.
Finally, he will invest in Nebraska’s infrastructure to attract businesses and jobs to all parts of Nebraska, particularly in small towns.
Although Slone is going to the nomination later than some others, he believes there is, “plenty of time and opportunities,” for him.
“Together we’ll build on Governor Heineman’s success,” Slone said. “We’ll create a better future for our children and make a great state even greater.”