Longtime Beatrice resident and business owner Bob Tiemann announced his candidacy for the Nebraska State Legislature Friday.
Tiemann, who owns R.L. Tiemann Construction, is no stranger to local politics. He currently serves on the board of the Gage County Foundation, and previously served as chairman of the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. His son, Erich, currently serves on the Beatrice City Council and is running for a seat on the Gage County Board of Supervisors.
Tiemann ran unsuccessfully for Nebraska State Legislature at the age of 28, and again four years ago.
Tiemann said his platform has not changed in the four years since his last campaign. He hopes to give the Sunland a fair, accessible senator.
“The things that were important to me when I was 28 are the same things that were important four years ago and the same things that are important today,” Tiemann said. “I think a state senator needs to be a person that’s open to everybody in the district. It shouldn’t make any difference whether you’re a doctor, lawyer or a guy that’s gone unemployed looking for a job. You should have the ability to talk to a senator and have somebody listen to you. That’s very important.”
Tiemann’s platform includes three primary priorities, the first of which deals with economic development and bringing new business to Nebraska.
“Economic development for the state is extremely important,” he said. “We’re a high-tax state, and the only way we’re going to keep our taxes in check, or possibly lower them, is to attract new businesses to the state.”
A strengthening of agriculture statewide is the focus of Tiemann’s second priority.
“Agriculture is number one,” he said. “We have to make life for our farmers and ranchers as easy as possible.”
The third priority calls for better care Nebraska’s elderly population.
“Most elderly and retired people are on fixed incomes,” Tiemann explained. “Most of them are beyond their wage-earning years. Whatever they’re given is dictated by Social Security. Every time they go to the store their buying power decreases. I’ve had a number of people tell me that their parents or grandparents, when they retire, couldn’t stay in the state because they couldn’t afford to stay here. That’s really sad when that happens. They elderly is a group of people of people we really need to look after. They’re overlooked probably more than any other group.”
Tiemann joins Roy Baker in candidacy for the Nebraska State Legislature seat currently held by District 30 Senator Norm Wallman, who will be term-limited at the end of 2014.
Baker, a retired superintendent for Norris Public Schools, announced his candidacy in September.