Former WSC Professor Seeks Smith’s Seat

Former WSC Professor Seeks Smith’s Seat
Paul Theobald stands on his farm outside Pierce. He is running for the House of Representatives for Nebraska's 3rd District

PIERCE – A Democratic candidate, with ties to Wayne, will be seeking incumbent, Adrian Smith’s 3rd congressional district seat.

Paul Theobald currently lives on a small farm outside Pierce with his wife Maureen, but from 1996 until 2004, the Theobalds lived and worked in Wayne. Their children graduated from high school there and some even went to Wayne State, where Paul taught while Maureen worked at Providence Medical Center.

Now, Theobald is hoping to make another move – into national politics. Farming is one of his passions, and watching rural communities struggle spurred him to act.

“I’ve been watching rural communities decline decade after decade and people always just kind of shrug their shoulders and say ‘well, that’s the price of progress,’ but it isn’t the price of progress, it’s the price of certain decisions that have been made and, so I want to go to Congress and help my colleagues in Congress make better decisions,” Theobald said.

Some of the issues Theobald would like to help the House of Representatives with include protecting the environment from corporations that don’t have the planet’s interests in mind, spreading tax subsidies from the wealthiest corporations to small businesses, and making sure farm income can meet the cost of production, even for small family farms. Like everyone, the cost of healthcare is also on Theobald’s mind.

“One of the things about the 3rd District is that we are disproportionally self-employed, we are disproportionally employed by very small companies so the mandate to provide healthcare (insurance) isn’t always there, so healthcare is huge for the 3rd District,” Theobald said.

If elected, Theobald would like to see a “Medicare for all” plan come to replace the Affordable Care Act, thus cutting administrative costs that drive up the cost of healthcare.

Central to Theobald’s campaign, is living Nebraska’s long history of standing up to corporations and making decisions that put people first.

“This is what we do,” Theobald said. “I mean, this is our legacy. Our great-grandparents, our grandparents, they all stood up and fought against this sort of thing, so I just think, follow me.”

For more information about his campaign, visit

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