Omaha Mayoral Candidate Harris a Diversity, Business Attorney
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Jasmine Harris wants to be Omaha’s next mayor. She suggested meeting at the Naughty Buddha Burger Bar, a minority-owned company on the 24th, and Jones, which opened during the pandemic.
“People are hungry for change,” said Harris, who explained why the city needs to invest in businesses with color.
“It’s a brave elevator,” she said. “I think that’s what is needed. We need to make sure our small businesses build up. This is how we will recover from the pandemic. “
Harris grew up in Omaha and her career has focused on criminal justice and public health.
“This is not a career move,” she said. “It’s an extension of what I’ve done. My background in public health – I built a coalition on drug abuse prevention – and then volunteered on criminal justice reform. I’ve seen how politics and advocacy can affect changes in the community. “
Harris has also spent time recruiting various candidates for office. She believes the city elections don’t go deep enough into the issues that really make a difference in our lives, and she plans to change that.
“You have to feel uncomfortable to make changes. Change is always uncomfortable. But in order for everyone to have an Omaha that will work, we need to open up to the inconvenience and think about how we can create change and make it better for everyone, regardless of their zip code. “
“When I decided to run for office, 95% of people asked if I would run into ‘streets’ or ‘trash’. I’m tired of running on streets or trash. We talk about it in every election cycle. These are basic services that should be addressed and that have not been addressed. We need to worry more about how our real estate crisis and how we can keep our companies from leaving and why the best and smartest companies are leaving. “
She believes the social justice protests in Omaha last summer brought her to the fore.
“I’m so glad the young people showed up too,” she said. “Protest is part of lobbying. It is the strategy of how you create awareness. What I’m proud of is that it has moved from protest to the political part. People showed up at the town hall and put their votes where it mattered. “
Harris believes Omaha is at a turning point where voters yearn to be better citizens.
“You have to feel uncomfortable to make change,” she said. “Change is always uncomfortable. But for everyone to have an Omaha, this will work. We need to open up to the inconvenience and think about how we can create change and make it better for everyone, regardless of their zip code. “
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Omaha Mayoral Candidates
“When I talk to my high school graduates, they don’t tell me they aren’t smart enough to go to college – they know they are. It is that they are afraid of debt. You have seen what debt can do to people. And they don’t want that – and I can respect that. “
“I asked people what they wanted to change in the city of Omaha, and it was ‘a less separate and just city’. Almost every door. “
“It’s about being connected to the community, understanding what the community wants, and having the integrity to do the right thing even when it’s difficult.”
“I don’t want the third term to write history. I want the third term to end many of the things I started. We are very dynamic. We are on the right path. “