1324 N. 129th Circle
Omaha, NE 68154
Current Public Office, dates held
Omaha City Council District 7, 2013-present
Political Science, B.S.
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Juris Doctor, Creighton University
Essential Pregnancy Services
St. Robert Bellarmine
Public safety is my top priority. We must continue to invest in equipment and personnel to
reduce emergency response times and continue our aggressive approach to fighting crime.
Fiscal responsibility is a significant element of our success over the last four years. While I
have served on the City Council, we have cut property tax rates twice, while still
increasing cash reserves, and we made significant progress on pension reform.
Finally, I am focused on policies that promote economic growth. Infrastructure is critical,
and I will continue to support increased city investment in street improvement. Less crime,
lower taxes, and a more efficient government have contributed to renewed confidence in
Omaha. This progress must continue.
We must foster an economic environment that encourages businesses to hire and invest.
Omahans are creative and dynamic, and our business and cultural leaders are some of the
best in America. City government needs to instill confidence, tackling our fiscal and
public safety challenges with competence and efficiency. High property taxes, fees, and
regulations have made Omaha less competitive in the past. Cutting taxes and eliminating
burdensome regulations will encourage further growth.
Over the last four years, by pursuing savings and greater efficiency, we've controlled costs
while expanding city services to thousands of new Omahans. This disciplined approach will
ensure that Omaha can meet new challenges posed by economic growth.
Any merged services or operations must yield significant savings and operational
advantages for Omaha taxpayers. I continue to support an independent crime lab, in
partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Douglas County.
Omaha's most pressing transportation need is road improvement. Decades of deferred
maintenance have taken their toll. While we've significantly increased the budget for
street maintenance, more investment is needed.
We must make careful decisions that maximize the benefit of transit service for the
entire city. Expanding Bus Rapid Transit service as demand rises is preferable to less
flexible options that force the city to make higher long-term financial commitments. Public
transit expansion must make sense for taxpayers.
Walking and bicycling are not year-round transportation options for most, but they are
important. Omaha's Complete Streets policy, which I supported, helps ensure that
pedestrians and bicyclists have safe routes.
The top priority in waste collection must continue to be consistent, high-quality service at the
best price. I would like to see expansion and modernization of the city's recycling program,
including covered recycling bins, but not at the expense of the reliability of regular garbage
pickup or the financial health of waste removal services. Residents judge city service by
whether it can be consistently relied upon, and providing this reliability is critical.
9183 Ellison Ave
Omaha, NE 68134
Bachelors of Continuing Studies, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Masters of Management, University of Phoenix
President of the OGLBT Sports League
The issues that I see as needing to be addressed are: 1) Sustainable economic development: we cannot predict the future, however, we must work with developers to build mixed-use developments that work to enhance the area that they are in. 2) Long term infrastructure growth and improvement: we need to look for ways to improve overall city services for the community, roads, police fire, and transportation 3) Keeping young people in Omaha: we have some amazing colleges and universities in the metro that are nurturing our youth. We need to leverage Omaha’s advantages to bring businesses into Omaha and work with our universities and colleges to identify potential startups, that as a city, we can promote and invest in for our future.
Omaha needs to embrace a long-term strategic plan to bring all areas of the city together. Build faster, permanent transportation routes that people can rely on to get to work. We need to ensure that all citizens are earning a living wage so that they can afford to live in the city. We should promote tourism. We should work to revitalize neighborhoods that have been overlooked for the last decade.
Anytime that Omaha and the county can combine services and save money by merging is a benefit. However, this cannot happen at the expense of anyone’s safety. Without researching more in depth, I cannot completely answer this question.
Omaha needs to ensure that people from all areas of the city can move around the city easily. Our current busing system is just not effective. It can take upwards of an hour to get from North Omaha to Westroads. The Bus Rapid Transit system is a great start, but we need to do more. We need to work on good reliable and affordable transportation that will allow all citizen’s the opportunity to enjoy Omaha’s diverse culture.
I want to see Omaha work to have a better environmental footprint. We need to improve the current recycling program to include more materials We need to stop dumping yard waste in the landfill. We need to bring back OmaGrow and talk up the benefits of recycling and how it impacts us now, and also for future generations.