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Douglas County Commissioners Announce Re-election Campaigns 3.13.18  03/21/18 11:04:32 AM

Douglas County Commissioners
Announce Re-election Campaigns

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

The three incumbents on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners have announced their intentions to run for re-election. They are: Mary Ann Borgeson, Jim Cavanaugh and P.J. Morgan. There are seven members on the board, with commissioners serving four-year terms.
Mary Ann Borgeson
Mary Ann Borgeson represents District 6, which includes Millard, Elkhorn, Waterloo and Valley.
Borgeson said, ”My continuing priorities as a Commissioner will be fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability. I promise to continue working hard for the taxpayers of Douglas County.”
First elected to the board  in 1995, she has served as County Board chair numerous times.  She served on the board of directors for the Nebraska Association of County Officials. In 2017, Borgeson was elected the 2nd vice president for the National Association of Counties. She is chair of the Region 6 Governing Board that oversees Behavioral Health, Aging and Developmental Disability services in a five-county area.
She is also active in the community. Borgeson serves on the board of directors of numerous community organizations that include: College World Series, Millard Business Community Foundation, Project Wee Care, Aksarben Future Trust, RESPECT, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless and Nebraska Family Collaborative (now PromiseShip).
Borgeson said, “I am very honored to serve as the County Commissioner in District 6. I have learned a great deal in my years on the County Board and use that experience every day in trying to make the best possible decisions for my fellow citizens. 
“I am running for re-election because I want to continue working hard everyday for the taxpayers —­ my bosses! Voters can count on me continuing to be a fiscal conservative when it comes to spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned tax dollars.”
She noted that she has been “a good watchdog for the taxpayers. I work hard for them and I take my fiduciary responsibility very seriously. I want to continue making positive reforms to our criminal justice system and mental health system. I want to continue to keep County government accountable, transparent, efficient and effective. I have as much passion, if not more, than when I first started.”
Borgeson reminded voters that in voting for her “they will continue to have a dedicated, hard working and responsive county commissioner.”
James Cavanaugh
Jim Cavanaugh is a fifth generation Nebraskan who was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014. He represents District 2.
“Together we have made real progress in Douglas County over the last three years. We have not raised taxes. We are consolidating services and saving tax dollars, but more needs to be done,” Cavanaugh said.
“By using our AAA bond rating, we have been able to finance the restoration of existing county property to allow for streamlining operations, eliminating leases and disposing of surplus property, thus saving tax dollars.”
Cavanaugh helped bring together a broad community coalition to promote the Public Safety Bond overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2016. “The Bond will help us update our 9-1-1 call center and fund state-of-the-art alert systems for all fire stations in Douglas County. This will save lives.”
“All this is being done without raising any taxes,” Cavanaugh noted.
Cavanaugh said his goals in the next term are to pursue further money-saving strategic planning by the Board and to reduce property taxes.
Asked why he wanted to continue in office for another four years, he replied, “We have accomplished much since 2015: passing the Public Safety Bond, updating our correctional center to increase security, refurbishing county-owned property to house consolidated services and eliminate wasteful leases and excess property.”
He said much remains to be done. “We need to use common sense, transparency and honest planning to make smart decisions that save tax dollars and improve services. I know how to achieve these savings that can lower property taxes. Working together we ALL do better.”
Asked what the most important issues are for the county, Cavanaugh said, “Controlling costs so we can reduce property taxes for homeowners.  We can provide Douglas County citizens with the quality services they deserve if we make smart strategic planning decisions to meet the challenges we face.
“I am committed to standing up for the people of Douglas County and working to improve public safety and healthcare. Working together we CAN do better.”
Why should residents vote, and vote for you, we asked.
“I’ve delivered. I’ve done what I said I would do,” Cavanaugh replied. “We have not raised taxes and we have improved services. I will continue to work for smart, efficient government for Douglas County.
“Freedom is not free. Voting is every citizen’s right. By voting, we choose who sets our taxes and spends our tax dollars. I will work hard to reduce taxes and provide needed services like Public Safety.
“Working together we WILL do better.”
P.J. Morgan
P.J. Morgan has also announced that he will run for re-election, to a third term, to the Douglas County Board.
The CEO of P.J. Morgan Real Estate and a former Omaha mayor, Morgan, a Republican, represents west-central Omaha’s District 4. He was elected to the County Board in 2010, and again in 2014. He also served on the board from 1972 to 1977.
Morgan was Omaha’s mayor from 1989 to 1994. He served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1970 to 1972. He has also served on the Omaha Airport Authority Board.
“My parents taught me the importance of community service,” he said. After a decade of community involvement, “I decided to run for public office.  I consider it a privilege to serve, as well as a tremendous responsibility. 
“We need to be doing much more in the areas of mental health, fiscal responsibility, and a much better job on equalization by the county assessor. Lastly, but very important, is listening to the people you work for, the taxpayers. I would appreciate the citizen’s/voter’s support.” 
To residents, he said, “Thank you for allowing me to be not only a current county commissioner, but also a former state senator and mayor of Omaha for two terms. It’s a great privilege and honor to serve the people, and it’s important to me to participate in the process,” Morgan said.
He said he wants to be re-elected “to advocate for the constituents, not just of my district but the entire Omaha community.”

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