Gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen spoke in Columbus on Wednesday night in a campaign stop. Pillen spoke on issues like taxes, expanding broadband to rural Nebraskans, and he revealed the reasons he thought he should run for governor.

"I'm running for four words: kids, taxes, agriculture, values," said Pillen.

Pillen also addressed his stance on policing and protests after the unrest that occurred in 2020 in response to George Floyd's death and what he would do if he were governor.

"I'm about law and order. I'm about holding people accountable and if something like that happens, I will defend the police, I'll defend the sheriffs, we'll call in the state patrol and we'll get people arrested and we'll have them held accountable," added Pillen.

Pillen spoke at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus. He is currently running in a crowded field of Republican candidates alongside veteran Michael Connely, businessman Charles Herbster, State Sen. Brett Lindstrom, technology manager Breland Ridenour and former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau. Former Gov. Dave Heineman has expressed interest in the race, though he has not announced a run at this time. State Sen. Carol Blood is the lone Democratic candidate.