Why I Decided to Run for Office


Constituents and Concerned Citizens,

I am asked all the time why I decided to run for an elected office. Well, if you know me, then you know that I have devoted my life to positive change. Not just treating the symptoms of issues but rather treating the cause. As an Omaha native, a former and current Metropolitan Community College student, I have a true understanding of just how powerful access to education can be. I work with many organizations in the Omaha area, affecting youth, education, volunteers, business growth and non-profits in a very positive way. From mentoring, fundraising, board memberships and as a community leader.

As a former business owner, father, and community leader affecting our city’s future, I feel compelled to service our community by running for the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. I have lived in almost every corner of our community in a wide range of economic statuses. That being said, I not only understand what the ‘shoes’ feel like of our community and students, but I have worn them and walked miles upon miles in them. Still do.

I have served on the Transit Authority for the past 6 years. During my tenure on the Board we have made some great changes. Re-branding to Ometro from MAT, Google Maps integration, Newer and modern fleet, New North Omaha Transit Center, updated Benson Park Transit center, College World Series Circulator, New Fare Boxes, Pass to Class Programs with Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. and UNO and have recently expanded this functionality to Nebraska Medicine employees, Longer service hours, direct routes, and more frequent stops, and lastly bringing Bus Rapid Transit to the Omaha area which will change your entire Mass Transit Experience. I reference all of that so that you know how hard I worked for our Mass Transit and I will do that same for the Metropolitan Community College.

My goals as a Governor:

  1. Access to Education. Bridge the gap between Omaha Public School to get High School students college credit while still in High School. Being born and raised in Omaha, going through OPS, living all around the metro, I have seen and experienced directly how access to education can changes lives. Let alone all the statistics we see with the direct correlation to violence.
  2. Community Alliances. Education of contractors. There is no reason why local small business cannot receive training to work with and on larger projects. I vow to work with the Greater Omaha Chamber and their #REACH program to get Women, Minority, Veteran owned business to the table and support our local economy and their own families.
  3. Time to build the stage to make Metro the college of the future. Bring Metropolitan Community College (Nebraska) into the future. Working in the Technology Industry for almost 20 years, I know it’s importance to innovation, job growth and creation.

 

 

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