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Omaha City Council District 1


Pete Festersen

Party: Democrat

Grant Sturek

Party: Democrat


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[CONTACT CONNECTIONS] Information about making contact with the candidate.

Pete Festersen

Contacted by constituent.
3/6/17, 6:15pm, left message
3/6/17, 6:20 pm, emailed
3/9/17, 7:30pm, left message
3/13/17, 7:00pm, left message
3/13/17, 7:25pm, emailed
3/13/17, 7:40pm, left message on FaceBook
3/14/17, 10:05pm, left message on website
3/16/17, 7:00pm, left phone message
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp stating 3/21 deadline
4/3/17, mailed invitation brochure with access code
4/18/17, 2:11am, reminder email

Did not answer Nebraska Right to Life (http://nebraskarighttolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NRTL1704_Local_Candidate_VG.pdf)
Did answer League of Women Voters (http://omahalwv.org/files/vg-2017-lwvgo-general.pdf)

Grant Sturek

Contacted by constituent.
3/6/17, 6:35pm, emailed
3/9/17, 7:40pm, emailed
3/13/17, 7:30pm, emailed
3/13/17, 7:35pm, left message on FaceBook
3/14/17, 6:40pm, left message on Website
3/16/17, 7:10pm, left phone message
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp stating 3/21 deadline
4/3/17, mailed brochure with access code

Did not answer Nebraska Right to Life (http://nebraskarighttolife.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NRTL1704_Local_Candidate_VG.pdf)
Did answer League of Women Voters (http://omahalwv.org/files/vg-2017-lwvgo-general.pdf)

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[BIOGRAPHICAL] Please include biographical information, e.g. family members, affiliations such as church and/or professional groups, employment, etc. you consider important for voters to know. You may also reference your website.

Pete Festersen

Information provided by the candidate to the Douglas County election office: Married, # children: 2. High School: Central High School. College: Connecticut College, UNO. Degrees: B.A., Masters in Public Administration. Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian. Church: Dundee Presbyterian Church.

Grant Sturek

Information provided by the candidate to the Douglas County election office: High School: Omaha Central High School. College: University of Nebraska - Omaha

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[MOTIVATION/QUALIFICATIONS - CITY] A. List three (3) immediate needs you want to address in this office. B. List three (3) long-range planning goals you would envision for the city. C. What makes you the right person to address these needs and goals?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[PERSONAL STORY] Please briefly describe a situation where you had to stand alone for what you thought was right when the momentum was pushing the other way. For example you may want to discuss when your personal views didn’t agree with your peers, an authority in your life, a donor, a lobbyist, etc. What was the result?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[CONSTITUENTS ISSUES] If elected to this office, what will be your guiding philosophy in dealing with conflict between your thinking and your constituents’ views? A. Will you vote your conscience even when a majority of your constituents disagree with you? B. How will you measure the voice of your constituents? C. When you can’t make up your mind, to whom will you go for advice? D. Describe your intended methods of availability to constituents.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT] As a resident of the city, list any volunteerism, activism, or committees/commissions where you have served the city.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[CRIME] Describe the recommendations you picture for decreasing gang violence, managing traffic property crimes, and identifying “white collar” crime.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[TAX RELIEF/CONTRACTS] As always, property tax is an issue, especially when the county changes assessed property values. What can the city do to cut expenses and therefore provide some relief? How will/do you assure that contract work is performed according to standards as a way to save “redo” expenses? For example, some have suggested that potholes are a result of paying the lowest bidder and getting the least quality work.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[IMMIGRATION-CITY] Though commonly considered a federal issue, what responsibility do you see the city holding concerning undocumented immigrants? What is your view on sanctuary cities?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[CITY SERVICES] Detail the potential value and/or limitations of the idea of consolidating city employee health plans.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[TIF] Some see TIF (Tax Increment Financing) serving economic development by giving new business locations a “break” on paying taxes to the city by paying gradually over time. In your opinion, how and when should TIF be used? Is there an overall amount that you think should be the limit for TIF for the city?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[PUBLIC/PRIVATE] Discuss what you would do to assure transparency and accountability for entities in public and private partnerships.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[ABORTION-LEGAL] Would you define yourself as pro-life or pro-choice? Under what circumstances should abortion be legal?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[“MARRIAGE”-O] Should city taxpayers pay the benefit costs associated with same sex spouses? Why or why not? Do you support the city’s equal employment ordinance? What is your understanding of the ordinance?

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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[ANYTHING ELSE?] Declare anything else you want voters to know about you.

Pete Festersen

No answer given.

Grant Sturek

No answer given.

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