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Lancaster County Commissioner, Dist 2

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    Christa Yoakum

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your county?

If elected, what would be your three highest priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider to be your top three priorities? Please detail.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

Occupation Program coordinator at Nebraska Appleseed working with immigrant and refugee communities.
Education Attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned a certificate in Assisted Living Administration from Southeast Community College. I'm also a proud graduate of Lincoln High.
Current Public Office, dates held Lancaster County Commissioner, June 2019 to Present.
Volunteer experience Past Board President of the YWCA of Lincoln. Currently serving on the board of El Centro. Past trustee of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln. Numerous Lincoln Public School boards and task forces.
Address 330 NW 13th St Lincoln NE 68528
Marital Status Married to my husband John, we celebrated 41 years this September.
Age 62
Twitter @christaforne
I strongly believe in expanding rural broadband. As the COVID-19 situation has shown us, students and teachers need access to reliable, high-quality internet. Broadband also means economic opportunity for our small businesses and farmers, giving them access to markets across the country and around the world.

We should also expand renewable energy, including solar and wind energy. These help us be a more sustainable community, and bring in good union jobs.

Affordable housing is an issue in our community, both in terms of quantity and quality. Rural and urban areas need more development and support for affordable housing.

Last, we need to keep growing in a strategic, smart way that prioritizes livability and sustainability. Building community as we go is important.
Preparation for an extreme weather event starts years in advance. Our county has a responsibility to maintain quality infrastructure, including roads and bridges, that are up to date and can withstand these extreme weather events.

We also need to make sure our rural volunteer first responders have the resources they need to coordinate with city and state incident command. Radio and other communications equipment must be up to date.

Last, we should build with an eye towards resiliency. Partnering with Natural Resource Districts and federal agencies as we grow is essential to prepare our community for the next extreme weather event.
First, I’m running for another term on the County Board so I can keep fighting for working families. John and I chose to raise our children here because a working family like ours could have a great quality of life. We need to keep our community growing, attract good-paying jobs, and make sure young workers have economic opportunity right here at home as we do our strategic planning.

Expanding rural broadband is also a key priority for me. Rural communities deserve reliable, high-quality internet. Students need access to online learning, and local businesses need speed and reliability to stay competitive.

Last, I want to defend our air and water. For years, I fought against the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2019, I sat down with families from Raymond Central Schools when they worried about a new industrial chicken operation being built near their school’s water wells. I worked with those families as we protected their community. I'll keep working to defend the environment.
Elected officials should be deeply rooted in the communities they serve. I grew up in rural Lancaster County, and now live in Lincoln. I have extensive experience with community agencies, public schools, and public policy. I currently serve or have served on the Board of Directors of El Centro De Las Americas and the YWCA, and have served on the Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee and the LPS high school task force. My work at Nebraska Appleseed keeps me connected to immigrant and refugee communities trying to put down roots and work towards a better life for their children.

My roots in this community also afford me the knowledge needed to make connections between agencies, cut red tape, and get things done for real people without duplicated efforts.

I'm the best candidate because of my roots in the community and my track record of public service.