Omaha City Council District 3 preview
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Omaha City Council District 3 race will feature a new person.
This seat represents a diverse part of the city from the Missouri River to 90th Street from Dodge to Center.
Chris Jerram has held the seat since 2009 but has chosen not to run for re-election. Both candidates running for the seat believe that their origins shaped them for that moment.
Cammy Watkins has worked behind the scenes for nonprofits for most of her life, making a difference in all areas of life, from habitat to humanity to inclusive communities.
Now she wants to step forward as a city councilor.
“I thought I would never run for office,” said Watkins. “I don’t care. But I get to the point where you can’t complain, I shouldn’t complain if I’m not ready to take the lead.”
Danny Begley points to his upbringing as a guide, his father delivered mail, his mother spent two decades on the MUD board.
He says his work ethic shaped him as a union leader and led him to serve on the Papio NRD board.
“We were taught that at a young age,” said Danny Begley. “Public service makes a difference in people’s lives, especially on the local council, where whatever is decided affects you, the trash, public safety, libraries and parks.”
Cammy Watkins believes in getting the best out of people and is ready to tackle the tough problems.
“It was never my intention to do this race because of my identity. That’s why I’m not the best candidate. I am the best candidate because I do the job. I see it like an interview and would never go into an interview unprepared. “
Danny Begley believes that building safe communities with a commitment to public safety leads to prosperity in many other areas of life.
“You can’t get 100% of what you want. You have to bring opposite sides together to find a solution. I feel good about being a Democrat, but I want to represent everyone in town when they are elected. “
Both candidates understand that every vote counts, especially knowing that only 110 votes separated the two in the primary.
“I have a vision that we all want to move forward,” said Watkins. “Progress and prosperity for everyone. We don’t have to rewrite the book for that. “
“It’s a never-ending learning experience,” said Begley. “And I feel very comfortable and ready to go to this place.”
Election day is May 11th.
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