My name is Dave Wright and I’m running as a non-partisan candidate for Governor of Nebraska.

In 1985 I married Joan. We have three children, Issac (1988), Katie (1990), and Hannah (1993). All of them have earned post-secondary degrees. Issac is running the ranch. He has three sons, John (2017), James (2019), and Luke (2020). They are the sixth generation to live on the ranch. Katie teaches at Norfolk Public Schools and coaches volleyball at Norfolk Lutheran High School. She has a son, Josiah (2019), and a daughter Lexi (2021). Hannah is in the marketing department at Omaha Performing Arts in Omaha. 


Joan also returned to college and earned her RN degree in 1992 and her BS in business management in 1997. In 2003 we bought the Neligh News and Leader, The Creighton NewsEwing News, and Clearwater Record. We printed five other community newspapers as well. In 2019, we sold the newspapers.

I believe in public service.

I am a member of the St. Francis Parish in Neligh and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

I ran for the Nebraska Legislature in the 41st District in 2002.

I was elected to the Nebraska Beef Council’s Board of Directors and served from 2002 to 2010.

I served on former Congressman Tom Osborne’s Ag Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2005.

I served on the Neligh Chamber of Commerce for three years.

I am a founding member of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) and served as its vice president from 2005 to 2009 and then its president from 2009 to 2019.

I was appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and served from 2010 to 2016.

I was elected to the Neligh-Oakdale School Board and served one term from 2014 to 2018 and served as the board president during that time.

I also served on the Organization of Competitive Markets board of directors in 2019.