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Omaha City Council District 5


Rich Pahls

Party: Republican

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

Party: Democrat


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

Rich Pahls

unopposed incumbent until a write-in candidate registered to run.
4/28/17, 8:46am, email request sent with access code including answers provided in previous election.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

4/11/17, Candidate registered to run as a write-in candidate
4/27/17, 4:00pm, text sent including access code
some answers recorded
5/4/17, 12:20pm, request to finish the rest of the questionnaire
5/7/17, 8:14am, request to use questions answered
5/7/17, 9:01am, because of being out of town, candidate authorized using the answers provided so far

provided by candidate:
Heatherramseyforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Facebook.com/WriteInCandidate/
Or search Heather Ramsey for District 5 City Council

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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.

Rich Pahls

Information provided by the candidate to the Douglas County election office: Single, # children: 2. High School: Downs High School. College: Fort Hayes, Kansas State, University of Nebraska. Degrees: BS, MS, EdD. Religious Affiliation: Catholic. Church: St. Stephens. Professional Associations: Millard Business Association.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

Happily married with 3 kids, ages 15, 6 and 4.
Omaha resident since 1993.
Proud member of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church

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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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

A. I would like to bring more transparency to the local government. I believe we are on the right track towards achieving this, but we still have more work to do. I would also like to see more citizen involvement with City Council. City council members are at a fantastic position to meet with their constituents on a regular basis. Council members are the ground level voice of the people. We get the opportunity to be directly involved with the people we are representing and I plan on taking that chance to hear what the people of District 5 want for our community. Finally, I feel that we are in a new Era of government. Politics had always been [not completed]

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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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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.

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

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?

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

No answer given.

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

Rich Pahls

No answer given.

Heather Ramsey (Write-In)

No answer given.

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