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City of Gretna, Mayor

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    Angie Lauritsen

Biographical Information

If elected, what would be your top three priorities your first year in office? Please detail.

If elected, what would be your priorities for economic development in your city/town?

What measures do you advocate for keeping citizens safe from gun violence?

Why are you the best candidate for mayor? Please explain.

Occupation Social Media Marketer and Financial Operations
Education Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Professional Communication Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE
Current Public Office, dates held Gretna City Council Member - 2016 - Present
Past Public Office, dates held NA
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience Board Member for Lift Up Sarpy County and Concord Mediation Center, Past Board Member for Survivors Rising and Gretna Chamber of Commerce, President – Greater Omaha Area Marine Parents, Organizer – Gretna HomeTown Heroes, Gretna Citizens Committee
Address 21700 West Angus Road Gretna, NE 68028
Marital Status Married
Age 45
Twitter @angielauritsen
Leading through growth. Gretna is about to face some major growth decisions. In 2021, the Nebraska Supreme Court will rule on our annexation. Their judgement means we’ll either double in size or need to reevaluate what a future annexation looks like. Additionally, the census will be finalized and Gretna will move from a city of the second class to a city of the first class. This will bring administrative changes and additional staff needs for inspections and permitting.

Employee management and workplace culture. We are losing institutional knowledge to neighboring communities due to culture and pay. Our employees need to know that they are valued and respected.

Community participation and engagement. I will create new ways for citizens to get involved with our community and provide additional opportunities for residents to engage with what happens in and around Gretna.
Gretna’s next mayor will need to have vast knowledge of our business and residential community, and a vision for the future that encompasses the next 20-plus years.

I understand the challenges of bringing a business to Gretna—I’ve experienced them first-hand while looking for a storefront for my own business. Since being elected, the city council and I have worked to improve the processes, procedures, and fees that once served as roadblocks to aspiring Gretna developments. While these changes have brought us closer in line with neighboring communities, there’s still work to be done to make us truly competitive.

To look at the full picture for economic development, we must also talk about housing. It’s increasingly hard to entice corporations, restaurants, and manufacturing companies to move to Gretna when we don’t have housing for their employees. An increase in high-density housing would give families and young professionals the opportunity to plant roots in the greater Gretna area
Gretna has been fortunate to have few incidents of gun violence in the past, and I believe this has to do with our strong community structure and the strength of our relationship with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department. My plan will build on those two strengths. I would ensure we have a positive, open relationship with our local sheriff’s department and build on our history of working together for the common goal of a safe Gretna for all.
Gretna’s next mayor has to be ready to hit the ground running with a deep knowledge of our local and regional issues, connections to the citizens, and relationships with stakeholders to get the work done. I have the experience, relationships, and knowledge to do the job. For the past nine years I’ve been actively involved in the community, connecting with residents and learning about what they care about most. I pride myself on being accessible. I broadly publish my email and phone number, regularly speak with citizens about their concerns, and work hard to provide solutions. The residents know me. They know that I will show up for them. They know that I will get the work done for them. They know that I will be a strong advocate for our community. And they know that because I’ve already demonstrated it over the last four years. I am the best candidate for mayor because I’ll continue doing what I’ve done since moving to Gretna—advocating for our community and listening to our residents