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Douglas County Clerk

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  • Dan Esch
    (D)

  • Scott Petersen
    (R)

Biographical Information

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities?

What are the three most important issues your community/county is facing and how would you address them?

Current Public Office, dates held Douglas County Clerk, November 2015 - Present
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Certified Public Manager, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, President of the Board of Directors. Douglas County Health Center Foundation. Omaha/Cornhusker Cosmopolitan Club. Ancient Order of Hibernians - Fr. Flanagan Division. Cheer Up Omaha.
I have worked in the Douglas County Clerk's office for 12 years. I know what needs to be done.

My team's efficiency has saved money. In FY2009, the County Clerk's office spent $1,978,386. In FY2019, the office spent $1,762,843.

The County Clerk needs to be accessible, helpful, and informative. Everyday, my team is connecting people to the government services they need. The Douglas County Clerk is the custodian of many public records, and my team has improved access to those records.
Continue to improve the access of Douglas County public information. The office can play a role in allowing people to educate themselves on important events occurring in Douglas County. Since I've been the County Clerk, my team has worked hard to post and provide up-to-date information regarding high profile events, such as Douglas County’s public safety bond issue in 2016, the Douglas County Justice Center project, COVID-19, and the distribution of Douglas County CARES Act funding.
The three Douglas County issues that seem to be most important to people are: juvenile justice, mental health, and fiscal responsibility and accountability.

The County Clerk's office has many public records regarding these issues. Making this information available to the public is important. My team provides meeting videos, presentations, reports, and other documents regularly for the public to inspect. The public needs transparency in order to judge the County's progress on these issues.
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