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NON-PARTISAN Douglas County VOTERS’ GUIDE League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha www.omahalwv.org General Election – May 11, 2010 The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse any candidates FREE Publication This publication is funded by the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha Educational Fund with a generous contribution from Valmont. Contributions to the fund are gladly excepted at: LWVGO Ed Fund nd 1941 S. 42 St., Suite 501 Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 344-3701 TABLE OF CONTENTS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ................................................................................................................. 2 GOVERNOR............................................................................................................................................................ 5 NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE.................................................................................................................................. 8 ATTORNEY GENERAL ........................................................................................................................................ 17 AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS .................................................................................................................... 17 SECRETARY OF STATE ..................................................................................................................................... 17 STATE TREASURER ........................................................................................................................................... 18 DOUGLAS COUNTY ASSESSOR ....................................................................................................................... 22 DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY ....................................................................................................................... 22 DOUGLAS COUNTY CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT................................................................................. 22 DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER .............................................................................................................. 22 DOUGLAS COUNTY ENGINEER ........................................................................................................................ 24 DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF............................................................................................................................ 24 DOUGLAS COUNTY TREASURER..................................................................................................................... 24 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ........................................................................................................................ 24 BOARD OF GOVERNORS METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ........................................................... 25 LEARNING COMMUNITY COORDINATING COUNCIL ..................................................................................... 29 OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION..................................................................................... 32 WESTSIDE BOARD OF EDUCATION................................................................................................................. 38 METROPOLITAN UTILITIES DISTRICT BOARD................................................................................................ 39 OMAHA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT .................................................................................................................. 41 ISSUES APPEARING ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT........................................................................................... 42 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT................................................................................................. 44 Updated 4/16/2010 U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Salary: $174,000 Democrat Tom White: Age 53. 2517 North 55th Street, 68104. www.tomwhite2010.com. State Senator/attorney, State of Nebraska/White, Wulff, and Jorgensen. Married, 2 children. Current public office: State Senator 2007-2010. Education: Regis University B.A. in philosophy and history 1979; Creighton University Law School (J.D.) 1983. Volunteer hours: As an attorney who does civil rights cases, I typically do several pro-bono cases per year. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: Age 48. 18655 Van Camp Drive, 68130. www.leeterry.com. Incumbent. Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives. Married, 3 children. Current public office: Member of Congress, 1/3/1999. Past public offices: Omaha City Council 1991-1998. 1. THERE IS MUCH SENTIMENT IN THIS COUNTRY THAT EXTREME PARTISANSHIP HAS LED TO A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS CEASED TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY. IN WHAT POLICY AREA COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF COMPROMISING ON YOUR PARTY PLATFORM TO REACH A CONSENSUS? Democrat Tom White: In the Legislature, I have worked with Republicans and Democrats to create jobs, cut taxes, and make health care more affordable. I will be an independent, effective voice in Washington. To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Republican idea or a Democratic idea, but whether it’s a good idea. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: In my 10 years in Congress I have worked with many Democrats, quite a few of which I call friends. When working on legislation I introduce, I often enlist the help of my Democratic colleagues. Democrats in which I have co-authored legislation with include: Bart Stupak (D–MI), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Baron Hill (D-IN), (word limit exceeded) 2. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR INFLUENCING BOTH SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM JOB GROWTH? PLEASE EXPLAIN. Democrat Tom White: Government needs to cut red tape and reduce taxes so businesses and entrepreneurs can create jobs. I passed a bill to more than double the research and development tax credit, introduced the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act, and helped pass other bills to strengthen the economy and provide tax relief. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: In a word, certainty. Without certainty, businesses large and small will not take risks like hiring new employees. As long as businesses continue to read and hear about possible new taxes and regulations they may be subject to, they will be uncertain about their future and thus will refrain from hiring. (word limit exceeded) 3. PART OF OUR ONGOING ECONOMIC HEALTH IS AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE. WHAT, IF ANY, CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY? PLEASE EXPLAIN. Democrat Tom White: No Child Left Behind must be reformed and improved so it is more effective and allows our children to graduate from high school ready to enter college and compete in the workforce. An investment in education is an investment in our state’s future prosperity and the American dream. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: We need common-sense improvements to the federal No Child Left Behind education law. I have proposed significant changes to No Child Left Behind. Specifically the State and Local Education Flexibility Act would allow greater flexibility to meet the needs of students with limited English, allows states to meet yearly progress requirements (word limit exceeded) 4. ANOTHER CRITICAL ELEMENT TO OUR NATION’S ECONOMIC HEALTH IS ENERGY THAT IS SUSTAINABLE BOTH FROM AN ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL STANDPOINT. WHAT SPECIFIC ENERGY POLICY WOULD YOU PURSUE IF ELECTED? Democrat Tom White: Nebraska has the potential to be a nationwide leader in wind energy. Federal rules must be changed so Nebraska can take advantage of this valuable resource, create good jobs, and sell power to neighboring states while maintaining public power that gives us some of the lowest rates in the nation. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: I have developed an ‘American Made Energy Plan’ to lower energy prices and end our reliance on foreign sources of oil. My plan involves developing energy sources, opening up resources in the United States for development and conservation efforts. Today in the United States we use 20 million barrels of oil per day, (word limit exceeded) 5. THE HIGH COST OF HEALTH CARE IS AN ISSUE FOR OUR ECONOMY AND ALL AMERICANS. WHAT IS YOUR VIEW OF THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE BILL NOW MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH CONGRESS? Democrat Tom White: Businesses and families cannot afford skyrocketing costs. I support expanding care, reducing costs, and stopping insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or dropping coverage when someone gets sick. No bureaucrat should ever come between a doctor and a patient. The Medicare “donut hole” should also be closed. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: This bill will result in rising health care costs and premiums. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported in December that if the Senate bill was passed, average premiums per policy would rise by 10 to 13% in 2016, resulting in annual premiums of $5500 for single policies and $13, 100 for families. (word limit exceeded) 6. WHAT SPECIFIC STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO DECREASE THE FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT? Democrat Tom White: In the Legislature, I only support balanced budgets that do not contain tax increases. I passed the Taxpayer Transparency Act, which put the state’s checkbook online. Both parties have failed to reign in reckless federal spending. Congress must stick to pay-as-you-go rules, eliminate waste and duplication, and reduce spending. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: I am currently working on a balanced budget amendment that I plan to introduce this Congress. Balancing the nation’s budget is the important first step we must take in getting our fiscal house back in order. After a balanced budget amendment is in effect we must get serious about across the board (except for defense) (word limit exceeded) 7. THE SUPREME COURT RECENTLY RULED THE GOVERNMENT MAY NOT BAN POLITICAL SPENDING BY CORPORATIONS IN CANDIDATE ELECTIONS. WOULD YOU SUPPORT A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO RESTRICT CORPORATION CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS? WHY OR WHY NOT? Democrat Tom White: Yes. Our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder. The recent ruling opens the door to a flood of special-interest money and potentially to meddling by foreign corporations. Republican Steven Laird: No response received. Matt Sakalosky: No response received. Lee Terry: I agree with the Court’s recent ruling and would not support a Constitutional amendment restricting campaign contributions. In “Poli-Sci 101” you learn that money equals speech equals money. Our First Amendment rights to free speech must not be infringed upon. In the case of corporations ability to contribute, this ruling (word limit exceeded) GOVERNOR Salary: $105,000 Democrat Mark Lakers: Age 50. 17643 Douglas Circle, 68118. www.lakersforgovernor.com. Investment Banking, Agriculture and Food Assocaites, LLC. Married, 3 children. Education: Assoc. Degree - Accounting and Retail; Bachelor of Science, National College; Masters of Business Admin., Washington University, STL. Volunteer hours: Nebraska 4-H Fondation; Midwest Agriculture; St. Patrick's Church Gretna, Finance, Vocations, Knights. Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: Age 38. 1913 Farnam St. #508, 68102. www.christophergeary2010.com. Occupation: Martial arts grandmaster, teacher, and business owner for 15 years., Christopher N. Geary's Shaolin Kempo Karate. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps, earning an honorable discharge and the rank of Corporal (E-4). Volunteer hours: I have been actively involved in the community by volunteering my time to teach self-defense to the disabled, providing free safety awareness classes to children (increasing self-discipline) and raising money for children with cancer. Dave Heineman: Age 61. 1425 H Street, Lincoln NE 68508. Incumbent. Married, 1 son. Governor of Nebraska January 2005-present. Lt. Governor 2001-2005; State Treasurer 1995-2001; Fremont City Council 1990-1994. Education: US Military Academy at West Point, BS, Economics. US Army Captain, served 5 years. 1. RECENT ARTICLES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS INDICATE NEBRASKA IS NOT AS COMPETITIVE AS IT COULD BE IN RECRUITING NEW BUSINESS TO THE STATE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE AND IF SO, HOW COULD THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE? Democrat Mark Lakers: Yes. Nebraska's record for economic development a job creation is very poor the last 15-20 years. The Governor's office should be a leader in creating a good and competitive business environment (Nebraska is not competitive) that encourages investment and embraces change, diversity and capitalizes on great people, location, natural resources. Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: Yes, I do. By focusing on energy innovation and energy independence will attract new investment and create more jobs so people will have a reason to stay in Nebraska. Instead of outsourcing our manufacturing jobs to countries with lower environmental standards, more eco-friendly industries need to be brought to Nebraska. Dave Heineman: No. As Governor, I worked with the Legislature to modernize our economic incentive programs and to lower taxes. Forbes now ranks Nebraska as one of the top 10 “Best Places for Business” and rd the 3 best state in America for “fiscal fitness”. 2. ACCORDING TO THE RECOVERY.NEBRASKA.GOV WEBSITE, NEBRASKA HAS BEEN ALLOCATED 1.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS. DO YOU BELIEVE THE STATE IS ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY USE THESE FUNDS TOWARDS ECONOMIC RECOVERY? DO YOU BELIEVE NEBRASKA SHOULD ACCEPT ADDITIONAL FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS? WHY OR WHY NOT? Democrat Mark Lakers: The state could have used these funds to stimulate huge growth but it was lost to hide deficit spending - No real job growth or investment occured except some road maintenance! Now a huge deficit await us in 2011 and it does not appear investments were made to create sustainable jobs. Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: No. The government has left the ideals that we hold dear. Government has found another attempt to "solve" our problems at the cost of our future generations. We are borrowing from ourselves. Our current leaders know that, but they haven't acted on principal and done enough to force Washington's hand. Dave Heineman: Nebraska used its funding for education, infrastructure needs, corrections, and health and human services. The stimulus funds have stimulated the public sector but they have been ineffective in stimulating the private sector. President Obama said the funding would keep the national unemployment rate below 8% but it’s now 9.7%. 3. DO YOU BELIEVE CURRENT PROPOSALS IN THE UNICAMERAL, IF PASSED, WILL ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM? WHY OR WHY NOT? Democrat Mark Lakers: I am not clear what juvenile issues you mean. But the basic juvenile problem, the root of many problems, is the absence of role models/mentors for youth and support systems. I have worked for many years with UNL Extension to growth youth and now adult programs. Prevent and develop is (word limit exceeded) Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: No. I believe that family is one of the most important things in life. In addition to teaching the martial arts, I have worked with kids from tough economic and social backgrounds. I see life in Nebraska in ways that many people don’t, and I plan to make a difference. Dave Heineman: I am working with Senator Brad Ashford to address key juvenile justice issues. I am hopeful that the proposals will be helpful in reducing crime, getting drugs off the streets, and lowering the truancy rate. RD 4. NEBRASKA RANKS FIFTH IN WIND POWER POTENTIAL BUT 23 IN PRODUCTION. ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF DEVELOPING THIS AND OTHER SUSTAINABLE, GREEN, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES SUCH AS GEOTHERMAL, SOLAR, BIOFUEL IN THE STATE? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? Democrat Mark Lakers: Yes. We have had no leadership, plan or rules (or laws) that make wind power possible. Nebraska is at least ten years behind but can catch-up if we move decisively the next two years. I have extensive and long-term hands-on experience in alternative energy. We need experience and decisive leadership (word limit exceeded) Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: Yes, I am. I would commission a team of environmental experts to develop ways to clean up our environment for the benefit of generations yet to come. We need to stop paying attention to industry-funded “experts” who provide misleading information designed to lull us into a false sense of security. Dave Heineman: I am a strong supporter of wind energy and I am currently working with Senator Langemeier on legislation that would accelerate wind development in Nebraska. I have worked closely with the ethanol industry to expand ethanol production. I support geothermal, solar and biofuels production. 5. AS THE POPULATION IN NEBRASKA AGES, DEMAND FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES WILL INCREASE. OTHER STATES ARE DEVELOPING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. SHOULD NEBRASKA DEVELOP STANDARDS TO ADDRESS SUCH ISSUES AS STAFF RATIO AND EDUCATION IN ASSISTED LIVING? WHY OR WHY NOT? Democrat Mark Lakers: Yes. Because we have lost young people rapidly (due to poor economic policies and net jobs losses), our population has aged. We should have consistent, quality standards and measure, monitor and enforce the standards. Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: Yes, I do. But we first need to find ways to help Nebraska’s seniors stay in their own homes, living in dignity for as long as possible. The Homestead Exemption (property tax relief for low-income seniors) is a good start, although some eligible Nebraskans still are unaware of this program. Dave Heineman: Nebraska is already a national leader in setting standards of care for assisted living facilities. These facilities are licensed and reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. I want to continue to expand growth opportunities for these facilities. 6. IF ELECTED, WHICH ISSUE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE ADDRESSED IN THE UPCOMING SESSION OF THE UNICAMERAL? Democrat Mark Lakers: Economic development in a comprehensive way. This includes a mix of tax reform, wind power industry and dairy industry issues (the biggest immediate opportunities) and agronomy opportunities, labor and immigration/diversity issues, etc. In other words, one umbrella strategy is need with much better management, policy, engagement of stakeholders, and care for people! Republican Paul Anderson: No response received. Christopher N. Geary: Addressing illegal immigration. I would like to see the Nebraska Legislature support economic growth by baring illegal aliens (and their families) from receiving any social services. This can and will be accomplished by putting more restrictions on government spending, bringing our state back to true conservatism and following the Constitution. Dave Heineman: I will be working with the Legislature to expand the economy, create jobs, strengthen our education system and protect Nebraska families. NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE Salary: $12,000 District 04 Pete Pirsch: 2315 Nelson’s Creek Drive, 68116. Incumbent. Self employed attorney. Married, 2 children. State Legislator, 01/2007 to present. Past Offices: Nebraska Crime Commission Member, Trustee, S.I.D. #337. J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law; M.B.A., University of Nebraska - Omaha College of Business Administration; B.A., University of Virginia. Volunteer for Church-related organization several hours per month. District 06 Todd Frazier: Age 57. 614 S. 113 Ave. 68154. Employer: Frazier Law. Single, no children. JD Creighton Univ School of Law 1980. Volunteer hours: Teamate Mentors, 4-5 hours/week. John E. Nelson: Age 74. 6269 Glenwood Rd, 68132. Incumbent. Self employed attorney at law. Married, 3 children. State Senator, District 6 January 2006 to date. Past Chief Deputy Election Commissioner, Douglas County NE. B.A., UNL; J.D. Creighton Univ Law School. US Naval Reserves (retired), Commander. Volunteer hours: Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, board of directors, 5-6 days per year. Kiwanis Club of Omaha, 1-2 hours weekly. Church outreach and choir member, 2-3 hours weekly. th George Westphal: Age 62. 1313 N. 85 St. 68114. Retired. Married, 2 children. Education: BS – Bellevue University; Asso. In Ornamental Hort – MCC. Military Service: Reg Army 66-69, SP5; Nebraska Natl Guard, 73-78, SP6; Nebraska Natl Guard, 83-85, SSG. Volunteer hours: Nebraska Game & Parks when needed or possible. It’s not possible that often. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: Age 38. 1307 N. 54 St. 68132. BurkeHarr.com. Self employed attorney/consultant. Married, 1+ children. BA Univ of St. Thomas, St.Paul MN; JD Univ of Notre Dame, South Bend IN. I am currently president of Project Harmony Service and on the executive board for Hilltopper Baseball which promotes baseball education among baseball recreation leagues. I also am involved in my church. Richard Ream: Age 63. 4015 Izard St., 68131. www.RichardReam.com. Risk analyst, First National Bank. Married, 3 children. Education: Master’s Degree, University of Chicago. Volunteer hours: My church, community organizations, and neighborhood: weekly. District 10 Larry Bradley: Age 45. 6068 Country Club Oaks Place, 68152. www.bradley 2010.com. Occupation: Director Papio-Missouri NRD, District 3, January 1, 2009-Current. Married, 2 children. Current public office: Director Papio-Missouri NRD 3, January 1, 2009-Current. Past office: Environmental Quality Council 2005-2009. B.S. Biology, M.A. Biology UNO, Doctoral Candidate UNL. Military Service: E-4. Volunteering: American G I Forum Veterans Post Commander 15 Hours; Gladiator Baseball 5 Hours. nd Bob Krist: Age 53. 2335 No. 102 St. 68134. www.votebobkrist.com. Incumbent. Corporate pilot, contract mgr. USACE, United States Army Corps of Engineers. Married, 2 children. Current public office: State Senator, 14 Sept-present. Past public office: President SID 1 Cass County. Education: BA – Sociology, University of St. Thomas; MA – Business Admin/Human Relations, Webster Univ. Military service: 21 years, Pilot Commander, USAF, Retired Lt. Colonel. Volunteer hours: 16 years to Madonna School, Omaha. Tim Lonergan: Age 48. 9641 Ruggles St, 68134. Owner – Lonergan Lawn and Snow, Self-employed. Married, 7 children. Current public offices: I am currently a board member of the Metro College District #3 – 9/06 to present. Education: BA Science, UNO, 1990; BA Education, UNO, 1995; BA Special Ed., UNO, 2000. Military service: 21 yrs US Coast Guard Active & Res./Navy Reserve E5/BM2. Volunteer hours: I volunteer for Roncalli Catholic H.S, St. James Catholic Grade School, St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Church; Maple Village Country Club Swimming Pool. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. th John J. Lillis: 3422 S 119 St. 68144. www.johnlillis2010.com. Media Consultant/Agent, Self Employed under Saint John’s Media/Agent with PayPal. Married, 7 children. No post-secondary education. Military Service: 1986-1988 USCG E-2. Volunteer hrs: 5 per week Nebraskans United for Life; Mary Our Queen spring soccer coach (past); Houses of Hope Foundation; 10hrs per week. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: Age 45. 16407 Taylor St. 68116. www.lautenbaugh.com. Incumbent. Attorney & State Senator, Hansen, Lautenbaugh & Buckley, LLP. Married, 3 children. Current public office: 11/7 to present - state senator. Past public offices: Douglas County election commissioner – 2000 to 2003; deputy election commissioner – 1996 to 1999. Education: Creighton University – BA (Econ & Poli Sci) 1987, JD 1991. Volunteer hours: I am a member of St. Andrews Church, and have served on my church council. I further volunteered on my neighborhood homeowner’s association and SID board. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: Age 60. 7926 Shirley Cir., 68124. www.bradashford.com. Incumbent. Lawyer/Mediator, Self- employed. Married, 3 children. Current Public Office: Legislature – 2007 – 2011. Past Public Offices: Legislature – 1987 – 1995; Judge, Commission of Industrial Relations; Exec. Dir – Omaha Housing Authority. Education: Colgate – BA; Creighton – JD. Volunteer hours: Variety of public service projects over 25 years. 1. RECENT ARTICLES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS INDICATE NEBRASKA IS NOT AS COMPETITIVE AS IT COULD BE IN RECRUITING NEW BUSINESS TO THE STATE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE AND IF SO, HOW COULD THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE? District 04 Pete Pirsch: There is always room for improvement. State government must be focused on bringing new jobs and businesses to Nebraska. Both the Governor and the legislature play key roles. This includes ensuring a low-tax business environment, eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic red-tape, and updating job-creating incentive programs to ensure effectiveness. District 06 Todd Frazier: I think the Governor's Office has been aggresive with respect to this issue. I.e.., Governor's trade mission to Cuba. I do believe however that until the State addresses some revenue issues such as it's over reliance on Property taxes and spending issues Nebraska will face some disadvantages competing with certain other states. John E. Nelson: Our taxes are slightly higher than those of adjoining states, which puts Nebraska at a competitive disadvantage. Decreased revenue during this economic downturn makes it difficult to lower taxes. The legislature has reduced appropriations to avoid a tax increase, and the state offers excellent incentives to attract new employers. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: We can always do more. The Department of Economic Development (DED) can work to continue economic development. Last year, the DED awarded 2.25 million to new and expanding business. This money then helped create new jobs. The Nebraska Advantage Act has also helped to create new jobs for Nebraska. Richard Ream: I wouldn’t presume to tell the Governor what to do. The Legislature and the Governor are partners in addressing challenges and should look beyond tax incentives since every state is escalating that competition. Nebraska’s “Good Life” includes excellent educational, recreational, medical, and research resources – all drivers for economic growth. District 10 Larry Bradley: I believe Nebraska should never be complacent or satisfied with recruiting new business. Quality education for the entire populace is mandatory for regional, national, and international competitiveness. The Governor should insure fulltime quality employment is coming home, take advantage of wind power, and discontinue cutting funding from public education. Bob Krist: Yes. However, we and the Governor’s Office are working hard on this issue. Tim Lonergan: Every state in this great country is working at bringing new businesses to their state, Nebraska is no exception. However, Nebraska could offer better tax relief to recruit new businesses to come to Nebraska. Also, Nebraska could be the leader in helping small businesses with a small grant for start-up cost. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: It is true; We have taken steps to be more competitive and to create new business opportunities. We must do more. The Nebraska Advantage Act can be expanded upon and in addition, we need to lower taxes to create advantages for business and consumers. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: The Legislature will be considering LB 1109, the Nebraska Innovation and High Wage Employment Act, to address this very issue, as well as others, regarding our economic health. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: I disagree. I have consistently supported incentives for business growth since I was a co- sponsor of LB-775 in 1987. However, growing Nebraska business must be a priority as well. 2. ACCORDING TO THE RECOVERY.NEBRASKA.GOV WEBSITE, NEBRASKA HAS BEEN ALLOCATED 1.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS. DO YOU BELIEVE THE STATE IS ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY USE THESE FUNDS TOWARDS ECONOMIC RECOVERY? DO YOU BELIEVE NEBRASKA SHOULD ACCEPT ADDITIONAL FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS? WHY OR WHY NOT? District 04 Pete Pirsch: Nebraska may be more efficient in using federal stimulus funds than other states. But Nebraskans pay a great deal of federal taxes used for stimulus in other states. The federal government is currently almost $13 trillion in debt, which means a debt of approximately $115,000 for every U.S. taxpayer. District 06 Todd Frazier: Yes. The state should utililize some of these funds for job creation. I believe that given the fact that the stimulus funds were a creation of Federal action the State would be foolish not to accept the funds to help with it's own budget shortfalls. John E. Nelson: We have primarily used stimulus funds for supplemental aid to schools, shovel-ready road projects, and for health and human services. These funds have provided very few new jobs and contributed little toward improving our state’s economy. It is not in the state’s best interest to accept additional stimulus funds. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: Nebraska should accept additional federal stimulus funds as long it is allocated and used judiciously. The funds should be used to help economic development and fill voids in our budget shortfall. Richard Ream: These initial funds were used by the Governor and legislators to forestall cuts in education, a reality projected to hit home next year. I believe additional stimulus dollars will be targeted to job creation, education, and infrastructure needs, all essential to Nebraska’s future. Yes, we should accept these funds. District 10 Larry Bradley: Yes, Nebraska should accept stimulus funds. In order to be most effective, the stimulus funds should be directed towards the common Nebraska citizen. We need to close loopholes or waivers that allow any entity outside of the United States or Nebraska to siphon our stimulus funds. Bob Krist: Yes, but I believe transparency is the key to using/employing these resources. Yes, but I don’t believe this is not currently available. Tim Lonergan: Yes, I believe Nebraska should accept 1.4 billion dollars to help build our economy. The money could help higher education (i.e. Metro College). The people in Nebraska could create non-government jobs that would create a stronger economy. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: If I were in the legislature I would assure that every dollar is spent efficiently and wisely. Overall, my plan will be to look at every program and dollar spent and find out the who/what/where/when and why we are spending them and then and only then, can we make a prudential judgment as to asking for more. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: I do believe that the stimulus dollars we received were used to assist with our budget difficulties during this recession. I do not believe that stimulus dollars can be effective toward promoting actual growth, and I think the Federal Government should not make them available to any state. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: Yes. Though we must realistically budget for cliff effect to follow. 3. DO YOU BELIEVE CURRENT PROPOSALS IN THE UNICAMERAL, IF PASSED, WILL ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM? WHY OR WHY NOT? District 04 Pete Pirsch: Some long-standing problems, such as truancy, may be addressed through these proposals. However, there are many other problematic areas of the juvenile justice system that still need to be addressed, such as a lack of specialized behavioral health treatment providers for juveniles statewide. District 06 Todd Frazier: I am not aware of the specific proposals to which you are referring. John E. Nelson: Yes! LB 800, advanced by the full legislature March 15, establishes procedures to keep non- violent offenders out of the juvenile justice system. It provides for strong truancy enforcement to keep kids in school and for additional funding of private and government entities working to reduce gang and street violence. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: Yes, as a former Douglas County Attorney, I realize we can improve our juvenile justice system. The current proposal will help overhaul HHS, provide community based alternatives to incarceration to non- violent first time offenders, and provide education based, family centered rehabilitative services. Richard Ream: The Legislature made significant progress in recent years addressing many concerns about juvenile justice and the broader issues of our at-risk youth. We must continue this progress with efforts intervening in at-risk behaviors, promoting good parenting, reducing alcholism and drug addiction, providing educational opportunities, and restoring delinquent youth. District 10 Larry Bradley: The children of Nebraska are our greatest resource. Drug use and gun violence disrupt families and neighborhoods across all economic and social strata. We have to create economic opportunity to all population sectors of Nebraska. We have to listen to every idea and work with every Senator on these issues. Bob Krist: Yes – Senator Ashford has been working hard to build a coilition to revamp and reinforce juvenile programs and justice reform. LB800 and its amendments will change “for the good” juvenile justice throughout the state. Tim Lonergan: No, to fix the juvenile system, you will need to fix the parents of the juveniles in the systems. The parents need to step up and lead their children out of gangs, drugs, and violence. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: While I am open to discussing these proposals, much more research and information is needed before we can pass or fail such initiatives. If elected, I will ensure that only crimes that do not involve gateway drugs or violence are ever considered for such proposed programs. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: I do believe they will address some of the issues we have, and I did support this bill. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: LB 800 is our Judiciary priority bill. When passed, it will promote diversion for juveniles, early intervention for truancy cases, reduce detention and seal records for juvenile offenders. Of course it will help. RD 4. NEBRASKA RANKS FIFTH IN WIND POWER POTENTIAL BUT 23 IN PRODUCTION. ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF DEVELOPING THIS AND OTHER SUSTAINABLE, GREEN, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES SUCH AS GEOTHERMAL, SOLAR, BIOFUEL IN THE STATE? IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU DO THIS? District 04 Pete Pirsch: The legislature needs to ensure that state government does not hinder private enterprise in developing green energies, including wind energy. As the cost structure for producing green energy falls, and as demand increases for alternative energies, Nebraska will see a significant increase in green energy production. District 06 Todd Frazier: Yes. The offering of tax incentives and participation from the federal government would be essential. Also close monitoring cost/benefit results of any such undertakings would be essential. John E. Nelson: I favor developing wind power energy and will vote for LB 1048, which encourages private developers to own and operate renewable energy facilities for exporting wind energy while preserving our state’s unique public power system. I also support expanded biofuel research and federal approval of additional nuclear facilities. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: Nebraskans are very proud to have public power. However, due to the current structure of our laws, public power has the unintended consequence of discouraging private investment in new energy technologies. It is important we have laws that encourage private investment and maintain our public power districts. Richard Ream: I am a strong proponent of wind energy and developing other sustainable energy sources such as biofuel and solar energy. I believe we need to level the playing field so that development can take place in a way that provides incentives to entrepreneurs and also to our public utilities. District 10 Larry Bradley: I had served for four years on the Environmental Quality Council and taught environmental science at the college level. For years folks like me have advocated for the development of environmentally safe and sound energy alternatives. We have to insure Nebraska citizens reap the economic benefits while protecting natural resources. st Bob Krist: Wind legislation is pending this session. The Interim Study during the 101 Legislature has paid huge dividends and will move us forward in wind technology. Other alternative, renewable energy must be explored. I am currently in discussion with technical experts in the gastification process. Tim Lonergan: I would support green energy, wind has many aspects that could help reduce our oil use. A wind farm would be a good start. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: I am in favor of developing all sustainable, green and alternative energy sources. The only way to do this is to get the government out of the way of innovation, exploration and development. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: In this session we will advance LB1048 which will promote the development of wind energy in Nebraska. I do believe we should be cautious, though, and allow the market to lead where possible. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: Yes. Nebraska has unique challenges and opportunities as a public power state. It will take persistent collaboration to make these policies work. 5. AS THE POPULATION IN NEBRASKA AGES, DEMAND FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES WILL INCREASE. OTHER STATES ARE DEVELOPING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. SHOULD NEBRASKA DEVELOP STANDARDS TO ADDRESS SUCH ISSUES AS STAFF RATIO AND EDUCATION IN ASSISTED LIVING? WHY OR WHY NOT? District 04 Pete Pirsch: The State has a strong interest in ensuring the safety and well-being of our elderly citizens as they enter assisted living facilities. Any standards or regulations enacted must be tied to that goal, must be reasonable in scope, and must not make assisted living unaffordable. District 06 Todd Frazier: Yes. Nebraska must insure that personnel working in assisted living facilities be properly screened and trained. John E. Nelson: The state licenses and provides oversight of assisted living facilities. Industry standards should be addressed by the facilities themselves, which compete with nursing homes and entities providing home-based assistance. It is important to contain costs so that the more vulnerable citizens continue to receive needed care. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: Yes, the law is intended to watch out for those who cannot help themselves, especially our youth and our elderly. We must establish standards and best practices to insure the proper care of elderly. Richard Ream: Yes, we should work towards appropriate standards in this growing industry, especially to protect seniors. But I also think we need balance to avoid over-regulating to the point of harming the industry, costing jobs, and reducing the affordable long-term care options for Nebraskans across the state. District 10 Larry Bradley: Obviously Nebraska needs to study different models that are working in other states. This problem presents the possibilty for academic funding and job creation. We need to stem the tide of population decrease of young people in rural Nebraska. The baby boomers of Nebraska deserve better. Bob Krist: Yes, but we must look at the successes and failures of the other states and the Federal Government and use these examples to move forward. Tim Lonergan: I believe there should be standard for assistive living facilities. I will study the issue to form an educated opinion as a senator. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: I would support reasonable standards. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: I do not believe we need additional regulation at this time. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: Yes. I support promoting home care. 6. IF ELECTED, WHICH ISSUE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE ADDRESSED IN THE UPCOMING SESSION OF THE UNICAMERAL? District 04 Pete Pirsch: I think it is imperative in this economic downturn that the legislature keeps a lid on taxes. Many individuals, families and small businesses are struggling financially, and state government should not burden them with even higher taxes. District 06 Todd Frazier: Property tax relief. nd John E. Nelson: The most important issue facing the 102 Legislature will be balancing the biennial budget without raising taxes. If economic factors do not improve, this will require continued cuts in spending and elimination of some services. The Appropriations Committee, on which I serve, must address these issues. George Westphal: No response received. District 08 John Comstock: No response received. Burke J. Harr: The budget shortfall from loss of tax revenue and cliff effect from the loss of federal stimulus money will dominate the Legislature. It is important the Legislature address this issue. Richard Ream: Truly honest candidates like myself admit that the budget will likely continue as the most pressing issue for the Legislature. Omaha only gets about 60 cents back for each dollar we send to state government. That is not sustainable. We must avoid raising taxes while we grow the economy statewide. District 10 Larry Bradley: The people of Nebraska want opportunity for fulltime employment with full benefits. Quality education and job training is vital for the heartland of America to thrive. We should reward innovative ideas that keep jobs and subsequent profit, through business both big and small, in Nebraska. Nebraska can be a leader. Bob Krist: New Businesses, New Revenue, New Economic possibilities. Tim Lonergan: If I am elected, I bring no planned agenda to the Unicameral. However, I will address the issue at hand (i.e. – taxes). The Unicameral already has to many senators trying to make a name for themselves by making unnecessary laws, that are merely self-serving. District 12 Steve Lathrop: No response received. John J. Lillis: The issue is: Jobs! I would do everything possible to reduce the size of government, lower taxes, increase incentives and help grow jobs that are meaningful and well paying. District 18 Scott Lautenbaugh: Our state and local budgets. We will face a severe shortage of about $600 million to $1 billion in the next two-year budget at the state level, and I think we need to look at restructuring our state and local governments. Carl Lorenzen: No response received. District 20 Brad Ashford: My priorities will be: 1) Sentencing reform to reduce prison population; 2) Promote non- partisanship in our Unicameral; 3) Develop enhanced strategies to interrupt gang and gun violence; 4) Help guarantee success of community college settlement. ATTORNEY GENERAL Salary: $95,000 Jon Bruning is running unopposed for this office. AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Salary: $85,000 Mike Foley is running unopposed for this office. SECRETARY OF STATE Salary: $85,000 Democrat Janet Stewart: No response received. Republican John A. Gale: Age 69. 925 South 51st Street, Lincoln, 68510. www.Gale2010.com. Incumbent. Secretary of State – State of Nebraska. Married, three children. Current Public Office: Secretary of State, 2000-2010. Past public offices: Executive Board, National Association of Secretaries of State; member of U.S. Standards Board of U.S. Election Assistance Commission; former member of Technical Guideline Development Committee (TGDC), of U.S. Elections Assistance Commission. Education: B.A. degree from Carleton College in Government and International Relations; J.D. from University of Chicago Law (word limit exceeded) 1. WHAT SPECIFIC ACTIONS WOULD YOU TAKE TO ENCOURAGE MORE NEBRASKANS TO REGISTER AND VOTE? Democrat Janet Stewart: No response received. Republican John A. Gale: Work with county election officials, high schools, and our University system promoting registration and voting drives for high school and college students; promoting early voting ballot request forms for students and adults; increase forms and information online with state and county election offices; regular press releases for voter education; speaking engagements. 2. ONE OF THE DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS TO PROMOTE COMMERCE, EDUCATIONAL STUDIES AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN NEBRASKA AND FOREIGN NATIONS. IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL BE YOUR TOP TWO PRIORITIES IN THIS AREA AND WHY? Democrat Janet Stewart: No response received. Republican John A. Gale: Continue my Diplomatic Conferences in Omaha for diplomats to learn about Nebraska values and products; continue to work with our Governor and our University system to greet foreign guests, trade delegations and students; participate in Confucius Institute events; give speeches and sponsor programs on foreign affairs. 3. WHAT, IF ANY, CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION TO MAKE NEBRASKA A STATE IN WHICH IT IS EASY TO DO BUSINESS? Democrat Janet Stewart: No response received. Republican John A. Gale: Continue my active policy placing business forms online for filing; continue to reduce frequency of business reporting forms; keep enforcing high standards for notary public for recorded documents; protect registered business names; reaching out to help businesses stay in "good standing."; speaking to business groups. 4. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION? Democrat Janet Stewart: No response received. Republican John A. Gale: I have served ten years as Secretary of State; previously I practiced law for 29 years in the fields of real estate and business law, two basic areas of knowledge needed by a Secretary; as Chief Elections Officer, I guided our state election system through the most significant reforms in 100 years. STATE TREASURER Salary: $85,000 Democrat Mark Stoj: Age 40. 5918 N 110 Cr, 68164. www.MarkStoj.com. Credit Union Manager & Company Trainer, Creighton Federal Credit. Married, one child. Current Public Office: Notary Public 1994-present. Education: Master of Arts in Management & Bachelor of Science in Management--Bellevue University; Associate in Professional Studies--Metropolitan Community College. Volunteer Hours: Secretary / Ramble Ridge Homeowners Association, 4 hours/month; Treasurer / Steve Brock for Metro College Board, 3 hours/month; Omaha Polish Home/Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska. Republican Tony Fulton: Age 37. 6100 S. 31st Street, Lincoln, 68516. www.tonyfulton.com. Incumbent, Nebraska State Senator. Mechanical Engineer, Small Business Owner (Guardian Angels Homecare), Nebraska State Senator. Self-employed. Married, six children. Presently I serve as a State Senator representing Lincoln, and I serve on the Appropriations Committee (responsible for balancing our state’s budget). One may learn more about me by visiting my webpage (tonyfulton.com), or by visiting my biography page at the Legislature’s website: http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist29/biography. Tom Nesbitt: 8017 S 57th St., Lincoln, 68516-6554. www.NebraskansForNesbitt.com. Owner, Nesbitt & Associates Inc., Working Towards a Safer Community, Organizational and Private Security Consulting. Married, 2 children. Past Public Offices: Colonel/Superintendent, Nebraska State Patrol (1978-2005). Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha; National Executive Institute & Law Enforcement Executive Development; Dept. of Justice/FBI (2003 & 2002) Certification in Management (2001) Immigration Issues/Operation Vanguard (1999) Integrity Leadership (1996). Volunteer Hours: Special Olympics of Nebraska 1988-2005; Child Advocacy Center 1999-2005; Mad Dads 1995-2005; Paint-A-Thon Volunteer 1992-1995. Don Stenberg: Age 61. 17617 S. 259th St., Gretna, 68028. www.StenbergforTreasurer.com. Attorney, Erickson & Sederstrom. Married, four children. Past Public Offices: Attorney General of Nebraska; Legal Counsel to Nebraska’s Governor; Director of the Governor’s Policy Research Office; and Director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services. Education: University of Nebraska -- Lincoln; Juris Doctorate, Harvard Law School (cum laude); Masters Degree in Business Administration, Harvard Business School. Volunteer Hours: First Evangelical Covenant Church. 1. EXPLAIN YOUR PLANS TO INVEST STATE ASSETS TO ACHIEVE THE BEST BALANCE BETWEEN GROWTH AND SAFETY. Democrat Mark Stoj: After two decades in banking/finance, I survived two stock market crashes and a near meltdown of the country’s economic system. A fiscally conservative, diversified approach is best. As part of the Nebraska Investment Council, my investment strategy would be long-term, avoiding decisions based on short-term factors, and limiting derivatives. Republican Tony Fulton: To be clear, the State Treasurer does not invest state assets. He or she only provides advice as an ex officio member of the Nebraska Investment Council. A conservative investment strategy is prudent and appropriate given the monies invested belong to the people – not to the Treasurer or the government. Tom Nesbitt: This function is handled by the Investment Council, of which the treasurer is not a voting member, but should be to ensure the will of the people are being considered. My philosophy would be to invest conservatively. Here, the long-range picture is more important than the next quarter. Don Stenberg: State assets are invested by the State Investment Council on which the State Treasurer is a nonvoting member. I will advocate for a conservative investment strategy that emphasizes protection of principle rather than seeking high risk returns. The State should have a diversified portfolio with appropriate inflation hedges. 2. THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE RECENTLY HELD A HEARING TO DISCUSS ELIMINATION OF THE STATE TREASURER’S OFFICE. THE OBVIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION ASIDE, DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR THE STATE OF NEBRASKA? WHY OR WHY NOT? Democrat Mark Stoj: This can streamline government and eliminate duplication of services. However, it eliminates a check and balance. Nebraskans should be allowed to vote on this critical decision. If eliminated, I have the corporate experience to ensure a smooth transition. If it remains, I am the most qualified person for the job. Republican Tony Fulton: Abolishing the office is a bad move. In the past four years the Treasurer’s office has trimmed jobs while accomplishing more output, whereas the Dept. of Revenue (where Treasurer’s responsibilities would likely go) has grown as a bureaucracy. The people need an elected person to guard the state’s checkbook. Tom Nesbitt: I believe that all public assets should be administered by elected officials, not by bureaucrats to ensure check and balances. Those in charge of our assets should be directly responsible to the voters and serve at their pleasure. Therefore I am opposed to abolishing the state treasurer’s office. Don Stenberg: No. If we can save taxpayer dollars by consolidating the financial functions of state government, we should do so. But these functions should be consolidated under an elected State Treasurer. The positions that should be eliminated are those of appointed bureaucrats. 3. UNDER LB16, THE STATE WEBSITE “HTTP://WWW.NEBRASKASPENDING.GOV” WAS MADE PERMANENT. THIS IS A POSITIVE STEP TOWARDS TRANSPARENCY IN THE TREASURER’S OFFICE. WHAT ADDITIONAL STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY? Democrat Mark Stoj: I would expand the website by adding the ability to compile information. This would save thousands of dollars that the legislature, counties, and Nebraskans pay for studies of important topics. I would add on the ability to see scanned copies of government checks so payees and amounts are visible. Republican Tony Fulton: I’m the only candidate who has managed and balanced the state’s budget, and I will use my background in technology to give light to the intricacies of the budget. Social media and the internet can be better utilized to shine light on the expenditure of our tax dollars. Tom Nesbitt: The people should have full access to how their money is handled. The website is an excellent start at providing important information about how taxpayer money is spent. I would add an additional layer of information, providing line item totals, within the categories listed, for a complete transparency of expenditures. Don Stenberg: The taxpayers have a right to know exactly where and for what their tax dollars are being spent. The search capability of the website should be improved to make it easier for Nebraska taxpayers to find the exact information they are most interested in. 4. SOME STATE AGENCIES NOW DISPERSE PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS VIA PREPAID DEBIT CARDS. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF BOTH IMPROVED EFFICIENCY WITHIN THE TREASURER’S OFFICE AND IMPROVED SERVICE TO RECIPIENTS OF THE PAYMENTS. IF ELECTED, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY AND/OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE STATE TREASURER’S OFFICE? Democrat Mark Stoj: My S.T.O.J. Plan saves $4.3 million per year for the State and millions more for Nebraska companies and residents. It focuses on two specific areas of the Treasurer’s Office by applying current banking techniques. It solves the problems of the system by addressing the concerns of the end-users. Republican Tony Fulton: I will use my background in technology to increase the use of electronic funding for warrant payment, child support, and other fiduciary functions of the office. While the office has done very well already, there still remains a percentage of paper transactions. This can be further reduced. Tom Nesbitt: The most important aspect of this issue is not to accept “business as usual”, but continuously investigate and be open to new technologies that can save the state and its taxpayer’s money in the long run. Don Stenberg: I would work to increase the use of electronic funds transfers for both the receipt and expenditure of state funds. I would also work with the state agencies that do not already do so, to accept online credit card and debit card payments. 5. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION? Democrat Mark Stoj: I have a master’s degree in management (MAM), a bachelor’s degree in management, two decades of experience in banking/finance, and 12 years as an office manager. I am branch manager and company trainer for Creighton’s credit union. As a community leader, I have worked with Republican and Democratic officials. Republican Tony Fulton: Nebraska is in better financial condition than nearly every state. I’m privileged to have helped make this possible. I’m the only candidate in this race with experience managing the State’s budget - indeed, balancing the budget. I’ve managed the State’s finances responsibly, so too would I conduct myself as Treasurer. Tom Nesbitt: Proven administrative experience (Nebraska State Patrol Colonel; 700 employees, $41,000,000 budget). Proven steward of tax dollars (returned half-million dollars of State Patrol’s budget to state’s general fund while increasing public safety). Proven watchdog for honesty (as “Top Cop”, responsible for enforcing honesty in public and private sectors). Don Stenberg: I have 16 years of state government management experience, including serving as Nebraska’s Attorney General, Director of the Department of Administrative Services, and Director of the Governor’s Policy Research Office. I also have a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. DOUGLAS COUNTY ASSESSOR Salary: $102,906 Roger Morrissey is running unopposed for this office. DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY Salary: $144,734 Donald W. Kleine is running unopposed for this office. DOUGLAS COUNTY CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT Salary: $88,826 John Friend is running unopposed for this office. DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER Salary: $34,811 District 2 Democrat Pam Tusa: No response received. District 4 Republican P.J. Morgan: 11124 Pierce Plaza, 68144. www.pj4countycommissioner.com. Company Owner/Real Estate, P.J. Morgan Real Estate. Married, five children. Past public offices: State Senator, (District 4); Douglas County Commissioner; Mayor of Omaha. Education: Junior College. Volunteer Hours: United Way Board; American Cancer Society Board; Cerebral Palsy Board; Salvation Army Board. District 6 Democrat Andrew Miller: No response received. Republican Mary Ann Borgeson: Age 47. 12503 Anne Street, 68137. Incumbent. Occupation: Commissioner, Douglas County. Married, four children. Current Public Office: Douglas County Commissioner 1995 to present. Education: UNO, Immanuel School of Radiological Technology. Volunteer Hours: Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless; Project Homeless Connect; Partnerships in Aging; Visiting Nurses Association; Live Well Omaha; College World Series; Hope Medical Outreach; I80 Corridor Commission; DOT.Comm. 1. WHAT WILL BE YOUR TOP TWO PRIORITIES IF ELECTED TO THIS OFFICE? WHY? District 2 Democrat Pam Tusa: No response received. District 4 Republican P.J. Morgan: To listen to the people of Douglas County and work effectively for them. To provide common sense leadership by being fiscally responsible and running government in an efficient business-like way. District 6 Democrat Andrew Miller: No response received. Republican Mary Ann Borgeson: My two top priorities are holding the line on property taxes and maintaining a high level of quality services. These are expectations of the taxpayers of Douglas County and it is my job as their representative to ensure that we deliver efficient and cost effective services. 2. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT KNOWLEDGE AND/OR EXPERIENCE YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE? District 2 Democrat Pam Tusa: No response received. District 4 Republican P.J. Morgan: My previous experience in public offices including Nebraska State Senator, Douglas County Commissioner and Mayor of Omaha provided me with the knowledge to be successful in this office. I also believe my past community service as well as my success as a small business owner will make a significant contribution. District 6 Democrat Andrew Miller: No response received. Republican Mary Ann Borgeson: I bring knowledge and experience in knowing how to handle constituents concerns that cover a broad spectrum of issues. My background in healthcare issues is an asset when dealing with the county’s responsibilities of health and human services. I am a proven leader and good steward of taxpayer dollars. DOUGLAS COUNTY ENGINEER Salary: $113,003 Tom Doyle is running unopposed for this office. DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF Salary: $102,906 Tim Dunning is running unopposed for this office. DOUGLAS COUNTY TREASURER Salary: $103,233 John W. Ewing, Jr. is running unopposed for this office. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION Salary: No salary District 8 Dennis McIntyre: Age 63. 10305 Z Street, 68127. Retired Educator. Married, two children. Education: Bachelor of Science – Education; Masters (2) – Education. Volunteer Hours: My monthly and seasonal “volunteer” time (time for which no reimbursement is granted or expected) has been in a variety of forms: Education organizations, advisory committees, neighborhood tasks and assistance. John Sieler: No response received. 1. HOW MUCH AUTHORITY SHOULD THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAVE OVER CURRICULUM IN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS? EXPLAIN. District 8 Dennis McIntyre: The State Board of Education should have the authority to determine the “targets” (standards) from which the local school districts can derive their curriculum. Curriculum is the sum total of all activities to attempt reaching the expected goals. Having “standard” agreements on the targets is important. John Sieler: No response received. 2. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR EDUCATION IN NE IN THE NEXT DECADE? WHAT WILL YOU DO TO RESOLVE IT? District 8 Dennis McIntyre: The greatest challenge for education in the state of Nebraska is to keep it as a number one priority. Appropriate “quality” resources, professionals, and planning must be supported throughout the state. The board must continue to be one of the major advocates and guardians of learning in all forms. John Sieler: No response received. 3. DO YOU AGREE WITH THE POSITION THAT TEACHERS SHOULD BE EVALUATED BASED ON RESULTS OF STANDARDIZED TESTING OF THEIR STUDENTS? WHY OR WHY NOT? District 8 Dennis McIntyre: I do not agree with teacher evaluations based on “standardized testing”. Standardized testing is an incomplete indicator of student proficiency. Teachers provide much more for learning than what shows on those tests. “Teaching to the test” must not be what education is all about in Nebraska. John Sieler: No response received. 4. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION? District 8 Dennis McIntyre: My qualifications include over 40 years in education in a variety of roles and assignments. From classrooms, to Media/Library/Technology training and management, to many tasks in leadership, the scope of activities has provided me with a broad range of work with students, teachers, administrators and community members. John Sieler: No response received. BOARD OF GOVERNORS METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Salary: No salary At Large Tim Potter: No response received. District 1 th Scott Getzschman: Age 51. 737 W 9 , Fremont, 68025. www.scottgetzschman.com. President, Getzschman rd Heating LLC. Divorced, 2 children. Current Public Offices: City of Fremont, City Council 3 Ward, March 2006- Dec. 2010. Education: Associates Degree, Southeast Community College, Milford NE. Volunteer Hours: Trustee Mid America Council Boy Scouts of America; Fremont Cosmopolitan Club; Vice Chair Trustee’s Midland College; President Care Corps Inc. (Homeless Shelter); House & Property Chair Fremont YMCA; Past President Fremont United Way; (word limit exceeded) Ron Hug: No response received. District 2 Jeff Edwards: Age 46. 2020 N. 55th Street, 68104. Attorney; Adjunct Professor at Bellevue University. Married, 2 children. Education: Law Degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Volunteer Hours: As Secretary of the Church Administrative Board and as a Youth Sponsor working with middle school and high school teens at Central Church of the Nazarene I volunteer approximately 2 – 3 hours each week. David R. Newell: Age 63. 7165 Mormon Bridge RD, 68152. Incumbent. Self-employed real estate investor. Married, 2 adult children. Current Public Office: Metropolitan Board of Governors (2002 –to Present). Past Public Offices; Former two term State Senator (1977-1985). Education: A.A. of Arts, Norfolk Junior College (1965-67); Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Nebraska at Omaha (1969-71). Military Service: E-4 Acting Sergeant service in “Vietnam”. District 3 Jason Johanns: No response received. th Gary Anderson: 6006 No 109 Street, 68164. Education: BA Creighton University; MPA University of Nebraska Omaha. James H. Monahan: Age 73. 12112 Farnam St. 68154. Attorney at Law, Self-Employed. Married, 2 children. Past Public Office: Member State Board of Education, 1976-1992; Member, Omaha City Council 1999-2001. Education: BS/BA University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1959; Juris Doctor Creighton University, 1962. Military Service: US Marine Corp. Lance Corporal. Volunteer Hours: 5 hours a month, Ancient Order of Hibernians; 2 hours a month, Church and Knights of Columbus. District 4 Crystal Rhoades: Age 31. 4565 Shirley Street, 68106. www.crystalrhoades.com. Incumbent. Assistant Executive Director of the Neighborhood Center, Neighborhood Center - UNO. Single, one child. Current Public Office: Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors 2007-2010. Education: Goodrich Scholar, University of Nebraska Omaha, Bachelors degrees in both Political Science and Psychology; University of Nebraska Omaha, Masters degree in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies. Volunteer Hours: Crystal volunteers her time with numerous neighborhood associations, civic groups, and non-profits. 1. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY OR RATIONALE THAT BEST CAPTURES WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS THE LARGER PURPOSE OF METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE? At Large Tim Potter: No response received. District 1 Scott Getzschman: To serve a diverse population in Eastern NE, by offering classes in the trade, classes for students to transfer to a 4 year institution, classes to upgrade job skills. Metro also serves business, in the Omaha area to better train employees. It truly is necessary for economic growth of the (word limit exceeded) Ron Hug: No response received. District 2 Jeff Edwards: Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is the engine for workforce development in the greater Omaha metropolitan area and provides an affordable means by which students can pursue their respective dreams of higher education and better careers. David R. Newell: We are and must remain the “No Frills” and “Low Cost” institution of higher learning. We produce students who are prepared for the real world, and real jobs and/or higher education. We must endeavor to minimize student debt. District 3 Jason Johanns: No response received. Gary Anderson: MCC must meet the future demands of an ever-changing business and economic environment, and employers and students must have access to timely, relevant, and high-quality training programs. Nontraditional program, formats and shortened development cycle times must be consistent with college-level quality standards. Strategies must be implemented to increase college partnerships. James H. Monahan: Metro Community College has evolved from primarily a technical school, to a complete educational institution. It provides members of our community a low cost way to complete a GED, start college and learn skills that are needed to keep our local economy growing. District 4 Crystal Rhoades: MCC’s purpose is to provide a high quality education at affordable prices. We’ve worked to ensure students are trained for the jobs available in this community. We have been successful at monitoring business needs in this community and responding accordingly so our students have every opportunity to be successful. 2. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS YOUR ROLE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AT METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE? At Large Tim Potter: No response received. District 1 Scott Getzschman: To set policy that will insure the stability of the institution. This includes budget approval and the setting of the tax levy. They also insure quality learning opportunities, for students of all ages, workforce development, career and vocational training and business development. They should also represent the college in the (word limit exceeded) Ron Hug: No response received. District 2 Jeff Edwards: To work with fellow Board Members and the Administration to provide guidance as to how MCC can continue to expand educational opportunities into the future that will meet the evolving workforce needs of the community while maintaining a balance between student tuition, the tax levy rate and state aid. David R. Newell: To hire the college’s Administrators. Outline the Colleges policies and programs and respond to the community’s educational needs. District 3 Jason Johanns: No response received. Gary Anderson: Ensure that the college has access to the tools and resources needed to track and respond to long-term economic and workforce trends. Build on MCC initiatives to define and develop emerging career clusters. I would also have the responsibility to reduce taxes by finding alternative funding sources and self- sustaining revenue. James H. Monahan: My focus is providing a good and affordable education. The community must be included so that our graduates education and training are respected. In turn, our graduates will have good job opportunities. Ensuring quality administration, facilities, and faculty all play a part in this goal. District 4 Crystal Rhoades: As board chair it is my goal to work with our board to make decisions with long range vision in mind, protect our taxpayers, and make sure our students are receiving a top notch education. 3. WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS FOR THE FUTURE OF MCC? At Large Tim Potter: No response received. District 1 Scott Getzschman: I truly feel the #1 focus will be to set policy for sound financial stability, without raising tax burden of the citizens. We must work to achieve a formula for state funding that is not only fair for Metro but the other institutions as well. Ron Hug: No response received. District 2 Jeff Edwards: See response to Question No. 2. Also to join with fellow Board Members and MCC Administration, state senators and the other community college system administrations in constructing a state aid formula that is more equitable in distributing funds to each of the regional community colleges. David R. Newell: We must continue our fight for equitable State financing and lowering property taxes. Focus our efforts on our mission of providing, quality vocational training and the first two years of college credits at “low cost” and with “no frills”. District 3 Jason Johanns: No response received. Gary Anderson: Ensure that resource allocation mechanisms equitably address infrastructure and staffing needs of critical programs. Faculty and staff must attain professional skills needed to evolve with the changing demands in the workplace while also serving an increasingly diverse student population. James H. Monahan: Metro Community College needs to continue to provide a low cost but quality education for our community. It needs to continue to expand programs to fit the growing needs of our job market without extra cost to the taxpayer. District 4 Crystal Rhoades: My primary focus has been on resolving the state aid stalemate between MCC and the other Nebraska community colleges so our taxpayers are receiving an equitable distribution of funds. I’ve also positioned MCC to be a regional leader in educating students for the Green Economy. 4. WHAT VALUE WILL YOU BRING TO THE MCC BOARD? At Large Tim Potter: No response received. District 1 Scott Getzschman: Vast experience as president of Getzschman. I know what it takes to make a tough decision. My experience on Fremont City Council gives me insight on government at all levels. I taught at Metro Community College so I have first hand experience in the class room. I also have gained (word limit exceeded) Ron Hug: No response received. District 2 Jeff Edwards: I will bring 20 years of varied legal experience to the Board, including experience participating in mediations and settlement conferences. When competing ideas are raised all parties must maintain civility in debate and remain focused on reaching a workable solution that will benefit MCC, its students, and the community. David R. Newell: Experience; as a board member familiar with the role and mission of the college. Experience as a former State Senator familiar with funding formulas and the States role in higher education. As a known member of the community, I remain available and attentive to the need of our community (402-571-4741). District 3 Jason Johanns: No response received. Gary Anderson: My years and education experience in human resource development in three broad areas: leadership development, professional development, and technology. Training in the use of technology, in particular, is essential for the many administrative and student service areas as well as for educational purposes. James H. Monahan: I served on the State Board of Education for 16 years. Community College is the next step on the K-12 education ladder for many. My experience in ensuring quality, affordable education for those in every economic strata and ability transfers well to Community College. District 4 Crystal Rhoades: As a young single parent who had to work her way through college with few resources and taxpayer who understand the value of a dollar, I have a well rounded perspective. My life experiences are different from a conventional candidate and it makes a difference to our students and constituents. LEARNING COMMUNITY COORDINATING COUNCIL Salary: Up to $12,000 per year District 01 th Jeanne Anderson: Age 64. 6006 N. 109 St., 68164. Retired preschool owner, self employed. Married, 2 children. Education: B.S. Degree: College of St. Mary – Omaha Elem. Ed.; M.S. Degree: U.N.O. Special Ed – Reading. Volunteer Hours: Church choir, practice once a week – Choir singing at church service once per week. Nancy Jacobson: Age 59. 12906 Hamilton. Nancy Jacobson for Learning Community Coordinating Council@blogspot.com. Incumbent. Education and Child Advocate/ volunteer. Married , 4 children. Current Public Office: Learning Community Coordinating Council, District 1. Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln B.A.; University of Nebraska Omaha MSW. Volunteer hours: Boys and Girls Club of Omaha Board of Directors. Curren Webb: No response received. Rick Werkheiser: Age 62. 1706 North 129th Street, 68154. Incumbent. Retired High School Principal - Benson and Millard North High Schools, Omaha and Millard public schools. Married, 2 children. Current public office, dates held: Elected members of Learning Community Coordinating Council from Achievement Subcouncil #1. Education: Bachelor of Science Degree, 1969, Iowa State University; Master of Science Degree, 1972, UNO; Doctor of Education Degree, 1981, UNL. Volunteer Hours: Nebraska Humane Society one day per week. District 03 Lorraine Chang: Age 59. 650 North 56th Street, 68132. www.changforlearningcommunity.com. Incumbent. Consultant, Self-employed. Married, 2 children. Current public office: Learning Community Coordinating Council member since January, 2009. Education: BA with high honors in political science from University of Rochester; JD with honors from George Washington University. Volunteer work: Board member, Conference for Inclusive Communities; Steering Committee member, “Ready to Run” sponsored by the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. Jack Heidel: 5010 Nicholas St, 68132. http://www.jackheidel.com. Mathematics Professor, UNO. Married, 3 children. Education: PhD, University of Iowa, 1967. Military service, rank: USN, 1959-1961. Volunteer Hours: Gambling with the Good Life, 5 hours per month; OPS tutoring, 5 hours per month; Church, 1 hour per month. Patrick McPherson: No response received. Richard N. Takechi: No response received. District 05 D. Paul Hartnett: No response received. John Synowiecki: No response received. 1. DO YOU BELIEVE THE CURRENT POLICIES WILL ACHIEVE THE LEARNING COMMUNITY GOAL OF REFLECTING THE SOCIOECONOMIC DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY? WHY OR WHY NOT. District 01 Jeanne Anderson: Socioeconomic diversity is a noble goal. However, poverty and education are not mutually inclusive. Establishing educational policies based solely on socioeconomic measures provides an excuse for failure and hinders substantive improvement. The LCCC primary emphasis should be on educating rather than classifying. Nancy Jacobson: Yes I do believe that the current policies will encourage socioeconomic diversity for our community because diversity plans have now been formulated for all 11 districts. With good communication and compromise the Learning Community developed an equity plan and open enrollment policy resulting in collaboration with the Superintendents of all (Word limit exceeded) Curren Webb: No response received. Rick Werkheiser: The current Diversity Plan developed and approved by the Learning Community is designed to address the socioeconomic diversity requirements included in Learning Community statutes passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007. These policies in the Plan are developed to make progress towards socioeconomic goals over a long period of time. District 03 Lorraine Chang: The current policies need more time to become implemented before we know how effective they are. Open enrollment is just beginning for the 2010-2011 school year. Focus schools have not yet progressed. More is needed to help parents navigate the choices they have to provide greater opportunities for their child. Jack Heidel: The LCCC is pushing socio-economic diversity too hard. Complete socio-economic diversity in every school building would require massive bussing and be too unpopular. We should spend our limited resources to enhance the academic climate (i.e. increase teacher expectations) in every school building where it is lagging. Patrick McPherson: No response received. Richard N. Takechi: No response received. District 05 D. Paul Hartnett: No response received. John Synowiecki: No response received. 2. DO YOU BELIEVE CHANGES TO THE LEARNING COMMUNITY FUNDING FORMULA ARE NEEDED? IF SO, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE? District 01 Jeanne Anderson: The current mill levy is set excessively high. The allocation of tax payer funding should be contingent upon performance. Schools that do not meet established progress timelines should not be rewarded for their failures. Fiscal accountability is essential if the Learning Community is to effectively serve the taxpayers. Nancy Jacobson: I think the common levy resulting in a common tax base for all school districts is fair. I believe that the Learning Community funding formula should be changed slightly. Currently the state appropriation should be for discretionary funds for administration, Council, Diversity plan, Research/Data, and Elementary Learning Center plans. I (word limit exceeded) Curren Webb: No response received. Rick Werkheiser: Keep in mind that the Learning Community has existed only 14 months. The funding formula has not had time to work yet. In my opinion, it is too early to recommend changes. The metro community must be patient before determining whether or not changes need to be made. District 03 Lorraine Chang: I would like to see the law changed to allow the Learning Community to use its levy authority to fund programs and services that support student success offered through elementary learning centers, not just capital projects. Jack Heidel: No changes needed at this time. Patrick McPherson: No response received. Richard N. Takechi: No response received. District 05 D. Paul Hartnett: No response received. John Synowiecki: No response received. 3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE GREATEST BENEFIT OR NEGATIVE OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY TO YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? WHY? District 01 Jeanne Anderson: The Learning Community is not about any one school district. It is about improving education in a two-county area. It establishes an additional level of accountability. While school board members are accountable to their respective districts, the district themselves are now accountable to the LCCC. Nancy Jacobson: The greatest benefit of the Learning Community to my district which is Omaha Public Schools is to address the educational achievement gap because of poverty by establishing new learning opportunities. The innovative Elementary Learning Centers with the goal of connecting students and families to services beyond the school day will (word limit exceeded) Curren Webb: No response received. Rick Werkheiser: The Omaha Public Schools consists of a much high percentage of poverty and English Language Learner students than a decade ago. The costs are much high to educate these students. The Learning Community law provides for the sharing of these costs among eleven school districts in the metro area. District 03 Lorraine Chang: The value of the Learning Community should not be based on which districts benefit or lose, but rather whether the needs of all students are met regardless of where they reside. All districts benefit when we work together and use our collective resources to maximize the success of every child. Jack Heidel: The LCCC provides an opportunity for the entire metro Omaha community to work together to address fundamental issues in K-12 education. What is the best way to improve academic achievement for all students? What is the best way to address the achievement gap between suburbia and the inner city? Patrick McPherson: No response received. Richard N. Takechi: No response received. District 05 D. Paul Hartnett: No response received. John Synowiecki: No response received. OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION Salary: No salary Subdistrict 01 Robert Monahan Butler: 5406 Ida Street, 68125. Occupation: Development, RCH Holdings. Married, one child. Education: Creighton, History and Secondary Education; Metropolitan Community College, Paralegal (2010). Military service: A1C (e-3) Nebraska Air National Guard. Penny Sophir: 11803 N. 36th Street, 68112. Incumbent. Retired. Married, two children. Current Public Office: Omaha School Board, 1999 – present; Learning Community Coordinating Council, 2009 – present; Nebraska Association of School Boards, 1999 - present. Education: Drake University. Volunteer hours: In March, 2010, I had 26 education meetings in Omaha, Papillion, and Lincoln for the one month. Justin Wayne: No response received. Subdistrict 03 Shirley J. Tyree: No response received. Subdistrict 05 Nancy Kratky: 1204 N 101 Circle, 68114. Incumbent. Retired. Married, 2 children. Current public office: OPS Board; Nebraska Assoc. of Sch. Bds. – two state committees; National Assoc. of Bds. of Educ. Communication committee; Metropolitan Assoc. of Sch. Bds. Chair. Education: BS in Education; MS in Education. Volunteer hours: OPS District – weekly/daily; Assistance League of Omaha; Salvation Army Auxiliary Board of Directors. Subdistrict 06 – Two-Year Term nd Mary L. Morrissey: Age 61. 3312 South 32 Avenue, 68105. Incumbent. Retired Educator. Divorced, one child. Current Public Office: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education Sub district 6 July 2009 to the present. Education: BS in Elementary Education - Creighton University; MS in Urban Education - University of Nebraska at Omaha; Endorsement in Educational Administration - University of Nebraska at Omaha. Volunteer hours: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, Weekly. Subdistrict 07 Roger Garcia: Age 23. 3660 Orchard Ave. Apt. 312, 68107. Community Liason, City of Omaha Mayor’s Office. Single. Education: University of Nebraska at Omaha. Volunteer hours: CARE, on call basis; South Omaha Boy Scouts, twice a month; Justice For Our Neighbors, twice a month; South Omaha Arts Institute, once a month. Juliana V. Garza: Age 33. Quality Assurance; Education and Student Support Services, Latino Center of the Midlands. Married, no children. Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism/Communication (University of Texas-Pan American); Master Degree in Public Administration (University of Nebraska at Omaha). Volunteer hours: I volunteer for the South Omaha Lions Club. I currently serve as the treasurer and help coordinate fundraising events to provide assistance to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. (word limit exceeded) Barbara J. Velazquez: Age 51. 5620 South 48th Avenue, 68117. Incumbent. Coordinator of International/Intercultural Education, Metropolitan Community College. Married, four children, 3 step-children. Current Public Office: Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, Sub-District 7 February 17-2010 to present. Education: B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.S. Creighton University. Volunteer hours: University of Nebraska Medical Center Patient Transportation (monthly); Christ the King Lutheran Church, Sunday School Teacher (weekly); NAFSA: Association of International Educators (weekly) Subdistrict 09 Marian Fey: Age 41. 1211 North 53rd Street. www.feyforopsboard.com. Artistic Director of the ARTery. Married, four children. Education: Bachelors in Education Kansas State University 1990. Volunteer hours: First Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 1-2 hrs/wk; Central High School 2-4 hrs/mo; Harrison Elementary School As needed; Omaha Schools Foundation As needed. Dave Schinzel: Age 46. 319 South 50th Avenue, 68132. www.schinzelforomaha.com. Occupation: Aide to State Senator Gwen Howard, Nebraska Legislature. Married, one child. Education: Bachelors (Political Science) 1986 George Washington University; Bachelors (Education) 2001; UNO Masters (Education) 2003 UNO. Volunteer hours: Dundee Memorial Park Association Board; Alcohol Impact Coalition; Midtown Neighborhood Alliance; Omaha Association for the Education of Young Children; Central High School Alumni Association; Re-Tree Midtown; Several hours per week volunteering. Subdistrict 11 Bambi Bartek: No response received. 1. DO YOU BELIEVE THE LEARNING COMMUNITY BENEFITS OR HURTS YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? WHY? Subdistrict 01 Robert Monahan Butler: I believe the Learning Community take too much control from OPS and member districts. Penny Sophir: OPS is committed to the Learning Community concept and we want to help make this work to benefit all children. It is a sharing of diversities, programs, and resources that are a great benefit to students preparing to enter a diverse, global society and helps OPS and the city. Justin Wayne: No response received. Subdistrict 03 Shirley J. Tyree: No response received. Subdistrict 05 Nancy Kratky: The Learning Community benefits the Omaha Public Schools with the equalization of the dispersion of local property tax funds. These equalized funds assist in supporting district programs. Subdistrict 06 – Two-Year Term Mary L. Morrissey: I believe that the Learning Community benefits our school district. It provides a more equitable distribution of tax revenues. It provides greater opportunities for choice and diversity. The after school programs, when up and running, will continue to provide more opportunities for student achievement and parent involvement. Subdistrict 07 Roger Garcia: By allowing for an equal distribution of tax revenue, the Learning Community seeks to equally benefit all the districts involved. It also benefits OPS by providing district transfer opportunities and educational outreach to the community, however limited it may be during these first years. Juliana V. Garza: The Learning Community benefits my school district because of its commitment to help shape the lives of our students by promoting diversity, providing academic opportunities, and ensuring that our students who live in poverty or have language barriers are properly served and given the same educational opportunities. Barbara J. Velazquez: OPS benefits from The Learning Community (LC) as it calls attention to funding that did not consider the special needs and costs within the District. The LC set a common general fund levy and oversees student achievement and socioeconomic integration across all 11 districts, a plus for Metro Omaha. Subdistrict 09 Marian Fey: It is hoped that by achieving greater socioeconomic integration—a goal of the Learning Community--the achievement gap can be bridged and the community as a whole will embrace the responsibility of educating the children of Omaha. Higher student achievement benefits every school district. Dave Schinzel: The common tax levy of Learning Community will be beneficial to OPS. The distribution formula will move funds to help students with the most needs. The Learning Centers have potential to provide valuable resources to North and South Omaha. I also like the cooperation of districts with the focus schools. Subdistrict 11 Bambi Bartek: No response received. 2. WHAT CHANGES DO YOU BELIEVE NEED TO BE MADE IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE? Subdistrict 01 Robert Monahan Butler: I believe in testing student competencies to advance. Penny Sophir: OPS has many programs in place in all our schools that address student performance by educating the whole child. We need to make parents and students more aware of what is offered and help struggling parents find help for their children’s needs. Justin Wayne: No response received. Subdistrict 03 Shirley J. Tyree: No response received. Subdistrict 05 Nancy Kratky: Changes/modifications of programs and delivery of services is a continual necessity when addressing the wide academic, social and economic range of our students. Specifics include: 1) vigilance in encouraging involvement and participation from families; 2) promoting school attendance and graduation; 3) awareness and commitment of community’s role surrounding 40 Developmental Assets. Subdistrict 06 – Two-Year Term Mary L. Morrissey: The Omaha Public School district does much to improve student performance. Continuing to provide the students with highly qualified teachers, multiple resources, and clean, safe, secure and disciplined buildings will continue to increase student performance. Increasing parent/community involvement is an area that could be improved. Subdistrict 07 Roger Garcia: Students should be required to meet with their counselor once a semester during high school to develop plans to get to graduation and also develop post-graduation plans. Furthermore, more staff and administrators need to get involved with solving tough issues, such as gang participation and violence, truancy, and teenage pregnancy rates. Juliana V. Garza: Students will not accept for themselves a learning environment if they have problems (emotional, economic, etc.) they need to deal with and have no support system. Graduation requirements should include life skills courses to help our kids learn to manage their day-to-day concerns and have the knowledge to make informed decisions. Barbara J. Velazquez: New and enhanced collaborations should be developed with community organizations and post-secondary institutions to offer special programs that address student needs from high risk to gifted populations. Continued focus on academic and vocational programs with significant relationship to students’ post-secondary and/or career goals is a must. Subdistrict 09 Marian Fey: Students succeed when there is a partnership between the schools, the community, and the family. Public-private partnerships, such as Building Bright Futures, and initiatives that engage the family and encourage them to participate in their child’s education should be promoted. Dave Schinzel: I support a goal of spending at least 60% of the budget in the classroom. I believe money being spent on lawyers and lobbyists is better spent in the classroom. I support using performance audits for administrative functions to find more efficiency to direct more money to the classroom. Subdistrict 11 Bambi Bartek: No response received. 3. WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKE TO PROVIDE JOB-ORIENTED EDUCATION FOR NON COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS? Subdistrict 01 Robert Monahan Butler: We must instill a strong work ethic so the student can find honorable and gainful employment. Penny Sophir: There are many job-oriented programs currently available, particularly at OPS’ Career Center. Some electives offered are: Culinary Skills, Health Occupations, Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing, Construction Academy, Commercial Design, Photography, and T.V./Radio Broadcasting. Transportation is provided from their home school to the center. Justin Wayne: No response received. Subdistrict 03 Shirley J. Tyree: No response received. Subdistrict 05 Nancy Kratky: The school district must always be mindful that all students will not seek higher education after graduation. Classes within the school should provide the skills necessary for success in today’s world. These would include competency of economic and computer skills and the ability to read and interpret documents. Subdistrict 06 – Two-Year Term Mary L. Morrissey: The Omaha Public School District already has existing programs of career pathways to provide job oriented education for non college - bound students. Students have access to the career academy ,which has a variety of offerings such as culinary arts, certified nursing assistant, automotive repair, and radio and television production. Subdistrict 07 Roger Garcia: Schools should develop partnerships with community colleges to have students participate in learning a trade and partner with businesses to offer our students internships and hands-on experience while in high school. Juliana V. Garza: District curriculum can include career education classes to help our students learn how to prepare for the workforce. Businesses as school partners can provide internship and job shadowing opportunities to our students. Barbara J. Velazquez: OPS offers quality vocational programs within buildings and also at the Career Center as well as collaborative vocational training at Metropolitan Community College. Continued enhancement of programs and promotion to students and parents is essential. On-going professional development including job- shadowing in career areas is a must for instructional staff. Subdistrict 09 Marian Fey: Communication about internships and job training made easily accessible to families. Orientations at student’s high schools about available opportunities. Invite professionals to visit with students about their careers and offer job shadowing and apprenticeships. Transportation to job training sites or classes should be provided. Dave Schinzel: OPS has an excellent program through the Career Center for this type of training. OPS needs to constantly be reviewing and updating the training we provide to non-college bound students as the needs of the business community change and technology changes. Students do need to know this an option. Subdistrict 11 Bambi Bartek: No response received. 4. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE PURPOSE OF A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD? Subdistrict 01 Robert Monahan Butler: I believe the purpose of the local board is to cut through impediments to the ultimate education of the student. Penny Sophir: School boards oversee education of students by setting goals and direction and letting administration decide how to get there. Specific responsibilities include determining curriculum, employing a superintendent and approving a budget, as we are entrusted by our community to oversee the district’s financial well-being and operation. Justin Wayne: No response received. Subdistrict 03 Shirley J. Tyree: No response received. Subdistrict 05 Nancy Kratky: Interpretation of the role of the school board made by others may differ depending on the size of the district and the clientele served. The three main roles of the board are to be: 1) employment of the superintendent; 2) approval of the budget; 3) setting an updating policies. Subdistrict 06 – Two-Year Term Mary L. Morrissey: The purpose of a local school board is to establish policy, determine the budget, approve personnel selections, property acquisitions and sales, resources and materials and negotiate labor agreements. All actions of the board must benefit the students to help them reach their highest potential. Subdistrict 07 Roger Garcia: Some of the main purposes of a school board include: (a) supervising the superintendent as he or she executes school policy and administers the staff of the district, (b) revise annual policy and create new policies, and (c) approve a budget for the district every year. Juliana V. Garza: In my opinion, the school board is there above all to represent and advocate for the students and families in the district and to design and establish policies that will help our students succeed academically; listen and understand our community’s concerns; and, promote and protect the well being of our educators. Barbara J. Velazquez: The purpose of a local school board is to represent the citizenry in local education decisions. Board members collect information from community members, school personnel, students, research, board training and educational projects in other districts to make decisions about the most appropriate use of resources within a district. Subdistrict 09 Marian Fey: To carry out the mission of the district. To represent the public when hiring a Superintendent and setting policies such as the budget, school safety, and new buildings. To advocate for the district in legal or legislative matters. Dave Schinzel: I believe school board members serve as a link between parents and taxpayers with the school district. School boards have the very important responsibility to see that taxpayers’ funds are spent efficiently and that every child has access to a quality education and a highly trained teacher. Subdistrict 11 Bambi Bartek: No response received. WESTSIDE BOARD OF EDUCATION Salary: No salary Doug McElwain: No response received. TH Scott Hazelrigg: 1516 S. 84 St., 68124. WWW.SCOTTHAZELRIGG.ORG. Incumbent. President, Northstar Foundation. Married, 2 children. District 66 Board of Education 1998-present. Education: BS Texas Christian Univ, JD UNL College of Law. Volunteer hours: Westside "Stars" mentor (1 H per week,) Westside Basketball coach (10 H per week, United Way Allocations Committee (1 H per month). Martha Slosburg: No response received. 1. DO YOU BELIEVE THE LEARNING COMMUNITY BENEFITS OR HURTS YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? WHY? Doug McElwain: No response received. Scott Hazelrigg: Maintaining multiple, independent public school systems provides the best education for Omaha. The Learning Community protects all 11 school districts’ boundaries, allowing constituents connectivity to locally elected boards. The Learning Community can benefit all students if the focus is on achievement; parents deserve great public schools in every neighborhood. Martha Slosburg: No response received. 2. WHAT CHANGES DO YOU BELIEVE NEED TO BE MADE IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE? Doug McElwain: No response received. Scott Hazelrigg: With a changing student population, Westside must continue to focus on the support and resources we offer to ensure success for all students. Continual evaluation and focus on innovation through a rigorous curriculum that challenges students is an on-going process that will ensure improved student achievement. Martha Slosburg: No response received. 3. WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKE TO PROVIDE JOB-ORIENTED EDUCATION FOR NON COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS? Doug McElwain: No response received. Scott Hazelrigg: Westside must continue to examine/provide enhanced offerings through the Westside Career Center; we must identify non-college bound students and provide them with job exposure opportunities while in school and provide course offerings to ensure that students graduate with the skills necessary to transition to independent living and employment. Martha Slosburg: No response received. 4. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE PURPOSE OF A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD? Doug McElwain: No response received. Scott Hazelrigg: A local board is charged with five main responsibilities: establishing mission, goals, and policies of the District, providing Community Leadership on education issues, assuring fiscal responsibility, evaluation of the Educational Program/Curriculum, and selection of the Superintendent. Martha Slosburg: No response received. METROPOLITAN UTILITIES DISTRICT BOARD Salary: $1,120/month Mark Doyle: Age 53. 7805 Arrow Rock Drive, 68157. Incumbent. 2nd Vice President, First National Bank of Omaha. Married, three children. Current Public Office: I was first elected to the MUD Board in 1992. I was re- elected in 1998 and 2004. I have served as Chairman of the board in 1997, 2003 and 2009. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Volunteer Hours: Junior Achievement Volunteer for all elementary grade levels. th Jack Frost: 5527 No 166 St. 68116. Incumbent. Retired. Married, 3 children. Current public office: 1986 to present. Education: BA Degree, 1954, Omaha University Economics. Military service: USAF Caption (pilot). Volunteer hours: Average of 8 hours per week annually through Tangier Shrine. th Todd Heyne: 6602 N 114 Ave, 68164. www.ToddHeyne.com. Letter carrier, US Postal Service. Single, 2 children. Education: UNL B.S. – Natural resources. Volunteer hours: Concordia Jr/Sr High School. Pat Vacanti: No biographical information received. Ron Wanek: Age 52. 6024 South 93rd Street, 68127. Business Owner, Wanek Insurance Agency. Married. Current Public Office: Sanitary Improvement District Board member-Jan. 08 to present. Education: B.S. Business Administration-UNO. Military service: Nebraska Army National Guard, 26 years of honorable service, retired. Volunteer Hours: Knights of Columbus, Parish Men’s club, Omaha Performing Arts, American Legion, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Hours vary by activity and project. 1. IS THE QUALITY OF THE WATER DISTRIBUTED BY MUD OF CONCERN TO YOU? WHY OR WHY NOT? Mark Doyle: MUD provides high quality tap water that surpasses all federal and state standards for safe drinking water at a cost that is among the lowest in the nation. I will continue to support funding for any resources necessary to ensure meeting this goal into the future. Jack Frost: No. MUD drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal requirements for safe drinking water. If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency changes requirements, we will revise our treatment process to meet those standards. Todd Heyne: The quality of water distributed by MUD is of concern for me. My goal is to upgrade the distribution of higher quality water to the citizens MUD serves. I plan to examine the feasibility of implementing other technologies that would eliminate the “chlorine” effect we may experience at times. Pat Vacanti: An environmental organization ranked MUD water "at the bottom" in an article that ran in the World Herald a few months ago. For those who missed it, google "Omaha Water Quality" for the story link at the " Omaha.com " result. After reading the article, now I am concerned. Ron Wanek: The quality of water distributed by M.U.D. is always a concern. Professional and dedicated M.U.D. employees and contractors ensure a safe and reliable water supply. M.U.D customers would be better informed on this concern and other issues if M.U.D. would willingly post the minutes of its meetings on its website. 2. HOW WILL YOU INSURE THAT SUFFICIENT WATER IS AVAILABLE FOR A GROWING POPULATION AND ECONOMIC BASE? Mark Doyle: By completing the Platte West Water Treatment Facility, the MUD board has provided a reliable supply of safe, high quality water for future generations. This third water plant completes a “Triangle of Reliability” and also serves as a key component for continued growth of the economic base. Jack Frost: Last year we completed a third water plant to ensure a plentiful supply of water to meet the growing needs of the Omaha metro area for the next 50 to 60 years. Todd Heyne: I will work to implement a plan of education, conservation, and technologies to insure water supply in the future. Education regarding landscape choices and water use as Omaha sprawls westward, conservation by leveraging federal programs to add flood mitigation sites to create wetland areas upstream, and technologies to ensure quality. Pat Vacanti: MUD has and is taking appropriate steps from projected usage and this should not be a concern. Ron Wanek: First, ensure an efficient upgrade and safely replace existing water and gas mains. Second, provide a proper balance between growth, rates and standard operations. Third, I will be an active Board member and promote transparency and accountability. 3. DO YOU BELIEVE MUD IS TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTIONS IN THE AREA OF WATER CONSERVATION? WHY OR WHY NOT? Mark Doyle: Yes. MUD has a water rate structure requiring water users to pay more when extreme amounts of water are used during the summer months. This keeps rates low on water used for basic needs. MUD also promotes conservation through the Employees Speakers Bureau, vehicle signage and printed material. Jack Frost: An intensive water conservation promotion in the late 1990s reduced the average residential customer use from 110,000 gallons to 96,000 gallons of water per year. One tool the board used to encourage conservation was the inclining block rate. Essentially, the more water you use, the higher the rate. Todd Heyne: No. However, there may be plans implemented that I have yet to see. However, it seems our current view is the same view that was used by those in Nevada and Georgia, and that got those folks into a bit of trouble. Pat Vacanti: Not sure. Ron Wanek: Yes, M.U.D .is aware of and promotes water conservation. Water conservation and other areas of concern are dealt with more effectively with a fresh and active Board that brings new ideas to the District. Term limits of three terms (term-6 yrs) should be considered. 4. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR MUD IN THE NEXT DECADE? Mark Doyle: Keeping rates low while keeping up with required capital investments. A prime example is MUD’s accelerated infrastructure replacement program resulting from Omaha’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) federal mandate. While Omaha replaces sewers, MUD will replace extremely old pipes. My experience will serve our customers well in this significant endeavor. Jack Frost: Replacement of older cast iron gas and water mains, some dating to the 1800’s, will be the greatest challenge. We have 2,664 miles of gas and 2,835 miles of water mains. A total 570 miles of gas and 1275 miles of water mains will need to be replaced. Todd Heyne: The greatest challenge is the aging infrastructure of facilities and distribution. We will need to upgrade as Omaha itself is faced with problems akin to its sewer issues related to infrastructure and age. Pat Vacanti: To restore the rightful structure & balance needed Management , Board members and their Union. Ron Wanek: This challenge would be a safe, efficient repair and replacement of water and gas mains. Board members must ensure the right balance between infrastructure repair and replacement, customer service and standard operations that deliver safe and reliable gas and water. Customers deserve fair and stable rates. 5. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS OFFICE? Mark Doyle: My experience as an 18 year member of the MUD board along with my perspective as a husband, father, corporate manager, and lifelong member of this community qualifies me for re-election. As a result of my experience, I have gained a deep appreciation of the value of our public utilities. Jack Frost: With 24 years as director and all of the improvements we’ve made to the gas and water systems during that time, we continue to provide a safe, reliable service at the lowest cost in the midwest. Our rates are lower than Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Denver and Kansas City. Todd Heyne: UNL, B.S. – Natural Resources; State Technical Committee – Wetlands; Former Board-Nebraska Wildlife Federation; Lobbied in Washington, D.C.; 1995 Farm Bill Committee Member; US Army Corps of Engineers – Missouri River Project; Co-Coordinator of the Nebraska Environmental Roundtable; Junior Nuclear Engineer – Safety Systems; Passed “Free Fishing and Parks Day” in Unicameral (Landis). Pat Vacanti: For bringing about "real change"within the district, I have the qualities necessary along with "insider" experience from past employment with MUD for over 14 years. Ron Wanek: My business and military experience provide a solid background to be a productive Board member. I believe in open and transparent government. One way to promote an open and a more transparent M.U.D. Board is to have Board representation by districts versus the current system of elections at large. OMAHA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT Salary: Unknown Bob Antczak: Response pending. James Montgomery English: Response pending. John Green: Response pending. Paul R. Kimmons: 1808 N 87 St, 68114. www.paulrkimmons.com. Architect, self-employed - Paul R. Kimmons, Architect. Married, 2 children. Education: BA, Architecture; Graduate studies: Architecture. Military Service: NE National Guard, E-5 Private 1st Class. Volunteer Hours: Local church, weekly. Mort Sullivan: Response pending. 1. As a public utility, OPPD is under state mandate to provide energy as cheaply as possible. Do you believe this policy is in the best long term interest of our state? Why or why not? Bob Antczak: Response pending. James Montgomery English: Response pending. John Green: Response pending. Paul R. Kimmons: “As economically as possible” is a better goal. A bad “cheap” approach would save money on automated meter reading, but would cost more in the long run. Not putting aside funds for future power plant expansion would be “cheap”, but borrowing and paying interest would cost more. Mort Sullivan: Response pending. 2. Do you believe OPPD should pursue alternative energy as a significant energy source? Why or why not? Bob Antczak: Response pending. James Montgomery English: Response pending. John Green: Response pending. Paul R. Kimmons: Not at present. Research utilizing all alternative energy systems before significant investments is wise. Present wind generators are high-maintenance with gear problems and cracked blades. Each wind generator costs three million dollars, and our peak electrical load is in summer when wind blows least, requiring expensive back-up power. Mort Sullivan: Response pending. 3. In these tough economic times how can OPPD be more helpful to families experiencing difficulty paying their bills? Bob Antczak: Response pending. James Montgomery English: Response pending. John Green: Response pending. Paul R. Kimmons: A promotional education campaign to inform home owners on how to conserve electrical energy is needed. Provide financial incentives or discounts for installing more efficient electrical equipment such as a heat pump, fluorescent fixtures, LED lighting, daylight shut-off devices, and task lighting. Reward fixed monthly payment option. Mort Sullivan: Response pending. 4. What plans would you make for OPPD to produce sufficient power to handle the growth in the metro area in the next 20 years? Bob Antczak: Response pending. James Montgomery English: Response pending. John Green: Response pending. Paul R. Kimmons: Due to the questionable logic of calling the air we breathe a pollutant and a major cause of unproved global warming, an additional coal burning power plant may not be allowed. Since the President has proposed a new “clean” nuclear power plant, we should apply for that location. Mort Sullivan: Response pending. ISSUES APPEARING ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT City Of Omaha Charter Amendment Shall Section 5.23 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of Omaha be amended to remove references to the Douglas County Treasurer as the ex-officio City Treasurer, all as provided in the notice of election? City Of Omaha $44,280,000 Street And Highway Transportation Bonds Shall the City of Omaha be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of forty four million, two hundred and eighty thousand and no/100 dollars ($44,280,000) for the purpose of providing funds for payment of the cost of streets, highways and bridges, the approximate cost to the taxpayers of the City of Omaha if this proposal is approved to be forty-four million, two hundred and eighty thousand and no/100 dollars ($44,280,000) plus interest payable on said bonds to be paid from the fund for principal and interest payments on the indebtedness of the City of Omaha as proposed in the notice of election which also provides that the approval of this bond issue will not incur any increases in the property tax levy rate of the City of Omaha? City Of Omaha $14,410,000 Park And Recreation Bonds Shall the City of Omaha be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of fourteen million four hundred and ten thousand and no/100 dollars ($14,410,000) for the purpose of providing funds for payment of the cost of various park and recreation improvement projects of City of Omaha, the approximate cost to the taxpayers of the City of Omaha if this proposal is approved to be fourteen million four hundred and ten thousand and no/100 dollars ($14,410,000) plus interest payable on said bonds to be paid from the fund for principal and interest payments on the indebtedness of the City of Omaha as proposed in the notice of election which also provides that the approval of this bond issue will not incur any increases in the property tax levy rate of the City of Omaha? City Of Omaha $4,710,000 Public Safety Bonds Shall the City of Omaha be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of four million seven hundred ten thousand and no/100 dollars ($4,710,000) for the purpose of providing funds for payment of the cost of acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping and rehabilitating police assembly stations, fire stations, police and fire training facility, communication facilities, and other public safety facilities of the City of Omaha, the approximate cost to the taxpayers of the City of Omaha if this proposal is approved to be four million seven hundred ten thousand and no/100 dollars ($4,710,000) plus interest payable on said bonds to be paid from the fund for principal and interest payments on the indebtedness of the City of Omaha as proposed in the notice of election which also provides that the approval of this bond issue will not incur any increases in the property tax levy rate of the City of Omaha? City Of Omaha $7,875,000 Sewer Bonds Shall the City of Omaha be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of seven million eight hundred and seventy-five thousand and no/100 dollars ($7,875,000) for the purpose of providing funds for payment of the cost of constructing, reconstructing, improving, extending and equipping of storm sewers, sanitary sewers, interceptor sewers, combined sewers, relief sewers, or a combination thereof, or any other related sewer construction, the approximate cost to the taxpayers of the City of Omaha if this proposal is approved to be seven million eight hundred and seventy-five thousand and no/100 dollars ($7,875,000) plus interest payable on said bonds to be paid from the fund for principal and interest payments on the indebtedness of the City of Omaha as proposed in the notice of election which also provides that the approval of this bond issue will not incur any increases in the property tax levy rate of the City of Omaha? City Of Omaha $8,025,000 Public Facilities Bonds Shall the City of Omaha be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of eight million twenty-five thousand and no/100 dollars ($8,025,000) for the purpose of providing funds for payment of the cost of acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping and rehabilitating police buildings and facilities, fire stations, branch libraries, park maintenance facilities, auditorium support facilities, public works storage facilities and city wide building renovations and replacements and other public facilities of the City of Omaha, the approximate cost to the taxpayers of the City of Omaha if this proposal is approved to be eight million twenty-five thousand and no/100 dollars ($8,025,000) plus interest payable on said bonds to be paid from the fund for principal and interest payments on the indebtedness of the City of Omaha as proposed in the notice of election which also provides that the approval of this bond issue will not incur any increases in the property tax levy rate of the City of Omaha? PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT Proposed Amendment No. 1 A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises for nonsectarian, nondevotional, and nonreligious purposes and to issue revenue bonds for such purpose; will prohibit the use of condemnation for acquiring such property and operation of such property as a business by the county, city, or village; and will not authorize the county, city, or village to impose any tax to repay the obligations represented by such revenue bonds. A vote AGAINST this amendment will not authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises or to issue revenue bonds for such purpose.
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