|Public offices held||Millard school board, 12 years|
|Education||Bachelor of Science, business administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Master of Business Administration, University of Arizona; certified public accountant|
|Family||Married, one child|
|Key issue||The most important issues facing the Millard Public Schools are: Finances — Continuing to provide taxpayers with a great return on their tax investment, through diverse and engaging programs with continuing student achievement. Teacher recruitment and retention — Attracting and keeping great staff. Career and college readiness preparation — Offering valuable diverse curriculum offerings that get kids ready for college or career. Social, emotional and behavioral health — The ability to provide programs that benefit the whole person or student. Early childhood programs — Kids need a solid foundation and start. Early childhood programs are critical to successful student learning. Community partnerships are critical for student and community success.|
|Public offices held||Millard school board since February|
|Education||Bachelor of Science, business administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; study abroad, Oxford University|
|Family||Married, three children|
|Key issue||The most important issue facing the Millard schools is maintaining our programs of excellence in the face of uncertain state funding. Last year, 63 percent of our voters said they believe in our schools and they trust our current board to manage their tax dollars responsibly. We must fulfill our commitment both to students and taxpayers. We believe that all people can learn; our graduates must be career and college ready, and able to succeed, wherever life takes them. #BeKind is just one way that we are addressing the social/emotional needs of our students. Mental/behavioral health must remain a strong focus.|
|Public offices held||Millard school board, 16 years; Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors; Omaha Library Board; Omaha Naming Committee; Omaha City Charter Review Committee|
|Education||Bachelor of Science, political science, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Juris Doctor, Creighton University School of Law|
|Family||Married, two children|
|Key issue||Millard is at a crossroads. Over the past two decades the board of education has worked with the administration to improve academic achievement by instituting many quality programs. These include Early College, International Baccalaureate, Career Academies, and AP and ACT Culture initiatives. Needless to say, our results have been phenomenal. The challenge for the board is to keep these initiatives intact during tough economic times and to keep our budget affordable for the taxpayer. In that regard, we have been successful. Therefore, it is important for Millard to have experienced, fiscally prudent board members that will continue Millard schools’ success.|
|Public offices held||None|
|Education||Bachelor of Science, human resources management, Bellevue University; Master of Arts, management, Bellevue University; graduate-level certificate in organizational development, Fielding Graduate Institute|
|Family||Married, four children|
|Key issue||(1) Build creative funding through strategic community partnerships. (2) Create specialized learning programs for learning disabilities, mental health and suicide prevention. Expand early screening, build the expertise of educators to recognize early signs, barriers to success and ways to help children. Improve and educate parents and students on the accommodation process under IDEA, 504, Civil Rights Act and FERPA. Lastly, create supportive classrooms, focus on social and emotional learning, and rethink professional development. (3) Build partnerships between all stakeholders to increase communication, diversity and inclusion. Diversity is not just about race. It means bringing new energy, fresh talent, diversity of thought and adjusting to organizational change.|
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Three ways to register
» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.
» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.
Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov 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 votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.
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: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154
Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046