Current Public Office, dates held
1999-Present Papio NRD Board
Past Public Office, dates held
1988: Interim Mayor – Omaha
1981-1993: Omaha City Council Member
2005-2016 Metropolitan Community College Board
1966 High School – Omaha North High
1976 B.S. Psychology & Sociology
1980 J.D. Creighton Law School
1967-1970 Air Force – Sergeant
Served as a member of the Sierra Club, a board member of the Charles Drew Health Center, President of the North Omaha Foundation and was a founding member of the 100 Black Men of Omaha.
Prior to my election to City Council in the 1980s, I fought for district level elections in Omaha and Nebraska as a community activist. The creation of fair districts is an issue I am passionate about and it directly impacts my district. I support an independent commission for redistricting after the 2020 Census. I will support any legislation that guarantees a nonpartisan approach.
Criminal justice reform is long overdue in Nebraska. We do not need to build more prisons; we need to find solutions to reduce the number of prisoners. One avenue is to prevent non-violent offenders from going to prison and instead focus on rehabilitation to reduce recidivism.
No – we should remove any and every barrier to voting.
Yes, there should be increased restrictions on money in politics. Currently, we have no transparency in the system. Whatever restrictions were appropriate prior to the Citizens United decision are a good starting point.
Yes, there should be a paid family medical leave program. Many people are currently left without access to sick leave. This puts working-class families in a vulnerable position when someone becomes ill or injured. A reasonable duration of leave (12+ weeks) is appropriate and legislation ought to protect workers so they can use their leave when needed without risk to their employment. There are examples in place and it protects families during times of uncertainty.
Creighton University School of Law, 1L
Masters of Business Administration, Midland University
Bachelors of Science, Sport Business Management, Maryville University St Louis
Black Men United - 2016 - Present
At Large Board Member.
Ready RP Nationals Wrestling Team, 2016 - Present
Assistant wrestling coach.
Policy Research & Innovation, 2019 - Present
Yes, its needed to ensure districts aren't slighted in one parties favor and to also make sure Nebraskans are actually represented by members of their community. This is also needed to make sure communities like North Omaha aren't neglected economically. District 11 is a minority majority and its important that we keep it that way. Lines have been drawn in the past to get individuals elected and to also limit change in our state. The good life is needed for all Nebraskans not just a few.
Prison overcrowding should be addressed by taking a hard look at the system itself there is a need for change inside and outside of our local jails and prisons. We first have to look at the root causes poverty, unemployment, mental health, housing, and the over policing of North and South Omaha. Our state must begin to rethink sentencing guidelines, ending cash bail, making probation and parole less punitive, programming inside prisons, re-entry, and police accountability.
No, there is no need for voter ID.
I think we have to look at money in politics and how its being used to stifle change in our state and country. We have to ensure that candidates are committed to their respective communities once elected and not making decisions based on who contributed to their campaigns. We need to either limit the impact super pacs can have on politics or provide resources to candidates especially candidates of color that lack resources/connections.
Yes, its needed so families can have a security blanket in times of need and also as a tool to attract business and talent to our state.