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Papio-Missouri River NRD - Subdistrict 3

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    Larry Bradley
    (D)

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    Christian Mirch
    (R)

Biographical Information

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Current Public Office, dates held Papio-Missouri River NRD, District #3. 2017-Current
Past Public Office, dates held Papio-Missouri River NRD, District #3. 2009-2012.
Education Technical High School. '81' B.S. Biology, UNO, '97' M.A. Biology, UNO, '01' Ph.D. Geography, UNL, '10'
Military experience U.S. Army. 1982-1986. Honorable Discharge.
Volunteer experience Ancient Order of Hibernians-Father Flanagan Division. President Emeritus. 10 years. G. I. Forum-Omaha Chapter. Local Veterans Post. Former Commander. 12 years. Knights of Columbus- Council #3019. 3 years.
I will continue on with what I have been doing for the past eight years that I have served on the local NRD Board. During the Great Flood of 2019, much of the inner-city of the Omaha Metropolitan area did not have the flooding issues as seen in Bellevue, Elkhorn, and Valley. Why? Because I have a voting record for flood protection measures. I have also voted for digital mapping of groundwater sources, studies for future increased rainfall events, and drought monitoring projects.
Many times I have said that Omaha is the next Kansas City. As I have a Ph.D. in Geography from UNL, I have the educational background to understand how the NRD must stay ahead of the rapid pace of development. Every week we lose another cornfield to housing expansion. It is vitally important the NRD strike a balance between, conservation, development, and recreation. I have voted for recreational projects both rural and urban.
Job creation! Right now the United States is in another recession. The state of Nebraska is not immune to the economic downturn. When I served my first term on the NRD Board starting in 2008, we where in the midst of a recession then as well. I voted for shovel ready projects that in turn created jobs and expanded our tax base. Jobs can be created with measures for flood protection, as well as recreational projects. Experience is the best reason to re-elect Larry Bradley to the NRD.
Current Public Office, dates held None. I am a political outsider.
Past Public Office, dates held None. I am a political outsider.
Education Creighton University, BS Creighton University School of Law, JD
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Volunteered at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Food Pantry Previous P.A.C.E. Coach while working as an Omaha Police Officer
I believe that we need to focus on repairing our crumbling infrastructure and preparing our fire, police, and emergency medical personnel to respond to flooding events. Therefore, my first priority will be to focus on building a coalition of local, state, and federal partners to begin rebuilding and repairing our dilapidated infrastructure. Additionally, I will work to ensure that our first responders are provided swift-water rescue training and equipment, which most agencies currently lack.
As a member of the NRD Board I will be a voice for every citizen. I will work to ensure that I am able to speak with every citizen living in the Papio-Missouri NRD, and every developer who has ideas of how to best develop areas within the NRD. I will give consideration to all ideas, especially those that promote responsible development, focused on respect for the environment, private property rights, and lower taxes.
I will first build a coalition of local, state, and federal partners to begin rebuilding and repairing our dilapidated and crumbling infrastructure. By joining forces, we can ensure that Nebraska taxpayers are not the only ones left with the bill. Next, I will ensure that our first responders have the training and equipment necessary to conduct swift-water rescues, should areas of our NRD begin to flood again. I will also focus on cutting wasteful spending in order to reduce our property taxes.