My name is Chris Bruns and my story begins like so many of yours. I was born and raised in North Platte—an honest, hardworking, Midwestern kid who grew up in a blue collar home and was raised by parents trying to instill a strong work ethic and a passion for service to others in my siblings and me. Upon graduating from high school at NPHS, I embarked on a military career in the United States Marine Corps that took me all over the country and around the world. I’ve served in combat in Iraq, humanitarian operations in the Philippines, and led amazing men and women of all stripes in the countless other experiences during my near decade of military service. Serving my country has had a tremendous impact on the type of leader and business professional that I am today, and those experiences will help me serve the citizens of Lincoln County well.
After my military service, I attended and graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. I then started in the insurance and financial services industry where I am fortunate to continue my service of being for and with others—helping guide people toward achieving their financial goals, planning for the unexpected, and protecting their livelihoods and futures. I currently serve as a District Agency Manager for Farm Bureau Financial Services—leading a talented group of new and veteran agents across Western Nebraska, consulting them as they build their businesses, managing profitable growth through ethical business practices that keep the client’s best interests front of mind. Having a strong business-minded approach to leadership, one that is grounded on strong ethics and morals, is exactly what our county government needs.
I am blessed beyond measure for my family. I married my high school sweetheart, Ashley, over 15 years ago and together, we have 3 beautiful children. Ashley and I work hard to raise our kids with core values that include integrity, valuing hard work, and embracing humility all while understanding and appreciating a strong sense of family and faith in God. It is because of our children that we chose to move back home to the North Platte and Lincoln County area. It’s a place where we can readily provide examples of what we are trying to instill in our children on display throughout the community and in working with livestock out on our ranch. There is something to be said about the strong sense of community, the wholesome values that people espouse in West-central Nebraska, and what this place has to offer for raising a family. As County Commissioner, I will work tirelessly to promote that sense of community and our values as we work to grow Lincoln County.
My firm belief is that there is a vital role for government; however, that role should be limited in scope and interference in the daily lives of those that empower it—it’s citizens. I strongly believe that the taxpayers deserve every respect of having their government work efficiently and effectively—fiscal conservatism is a necessity for the healthy growth and prosperity of the county. The experiences that have shaped who I am provide me a unique perspective and ability to serve the people of Lincoln County and will influence how I will work to ensure that limited government and fiscal conservatism prevail in Lincoln County.
I care deeply about Lincoln County. This is where my wife’s and my heart have always been and will always be—this is home. The issues that face Lincoln County are many. We need a fresh set of eyes and fresh ideas to come up with lasting solutions for growing our communities, reducing taxes, and making your government work better for you. This is why I’ve chosen to run for County Commissioner and serve the community that has provided so much to me. I’m asking for your support—and your vote—so that we can make Lincoln County a place where businesses and industry want to invest and people want to continue to raise their families.