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What are the top three issues you feel must be addressed in the next four years and how will you do so?

What steps should the City of Omaha take to expand economic growth?

Are there services or operations that you think the City and County should consider merging and why?

What are Omaha’s most pressing transportation needs? If elected, how would you address those needs? (Online only)

What, if any, changes would you like to see to the current waste collection system? (Online only)

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Address 21440 Shamrock Circle Elkhorn, NE 68022
Current Public Office, dates held NA
Past Public Office, dates held Nebraska State Senator, 1993-2008; Learning Community Coordinating Council, 2009-2012.
Education Bachelor's Degree in Counseling from Doane College, 1995
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience Former member, Boys Town Volunteer Fire Department; Volunteers with Omaha homeless shelters; Active Tom Osborne Teammate
Infrastructure. We must find a way to better address poor conditions for residential streets throughout Omaha. Public Safety. We must make sure we have efficient and effective response to emergency calls for Police, Fire and Rescue services. This includes all Omaha neighborhoods, including those annexed in recent years. Economic Development. To remain a vibrant City and not place undue tax burdens on retired homeowners, we need to promote economic development that creates new and better jobs and grows our local economy. In turn, this economic growth will also increase opportunities for our children and grandchildren to find career opportunities here in Omaha.
Omahans have an excellent work ethic and we must match that productivity with the educational and training opportunities to prepare our workforce for new jobs in our ever-changing economy. The City of Omaha should continue to work with investors willing to grow or locate their business operations in our community. Wise choices in applying incentives such as tax increment financing can pay great dividends in terms of immediate job growth and long-term expansion of the property tax base.
Merger is always worthy of consideration, but primarily if it saves tax dollars and continues to deliver efficient and effective services to taxpayers. Closing the city jail, merging city and county park services, combining computer services between the City and County are proven examples. We can also enter inter-local agreements to share facilities or services even when we don't have a full merger of certain functions. One example might be locating a potential new police precinct at Douglas County property in West Omaha. Our goal should be to provide the quality of service taxpayers deserve and find cost savings and relief for taxpayers when that is possible.
We need to address the state of repair for our residential and local business district streets throughout our city. Our public transit must reach newly-annexed areas while also responding to the important mission of addressing the needs of under-served communities seeking reliable transportation to employment or education destinations. We should not pursue expensive new endeavors without first coming to terms with the immense backlog Omaha has for meeting concerns about basic street conditions and public transportation.
We should work toward a more modern system that will enable the efficient collection and distinct handling of garbage, lawn waste and recyclable items. Current technology and equipment meets this goal, and is common in other communities.

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