Douglas County Board - District 2

Democrat James Cavanaugh faces Republican Larry Roland.

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  • Candidates

    James Cavanaugh


    Lawyer, lobbyist


    Public offices heldDouglas County Board, 2015-present
    EducationBachelor’s degree, Creighton University; law degree, Creighton
    FamilyMarried, four children
    Key issuePublic service is a public trust. Tax dollars are your dollars. As your Douglas County Commissioner, I will continue to work to reduce costs, reduce taxes, and improve services. I helped lead the voter approved 2016 Public Safety Bond. That bond is saving millions: updating the 911 system, the Fire Station Alert System, and county jail, and also renovating the Douglas County West Campus. All with no tax increase. Common sense updates and consolidation improve services and reduce costs. Long-term planning and sensible budgeting will make things better now and for our children.

    Larry Roland

    Attorney in private practice


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationBachelor’s degree in political science, Marquette University; master’s degree in business administration, UNO
    FamilyMarried, four children
    FaithRoman Catholic
    Key issueIf voters choose to trust me with this office, the first thing I’m going to focus on is communicating with and listening to the Second District. This position isn’t about me; it’s about the people of Douglas County. I haven’t spent a career in politics, but I have spent my life working hard to support my family and serving the communities I love. I pledge to keep an open door so I can take the time to really listen to families in the district and address their concerns with honesty and a dedicated work ethic.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission:; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission:; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046