Kara is a social worker and non-profit professional who knows how to get things done.
I’m not a politician. I do know how to get things done with national and local governments. My organization, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA), has become a recognized leader in securing healthy home environments for kids and their families. I’ve worked with government at all levels, effecting policy changes for green and healthy housing in the United States.
I put people first. As a trained social worker, I have led organizations that improve the lives of real people. Besides OHKA, I led Extra Hands for ALS, dedicated to funding research for Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’m also currently Vice Chair of the Board of Metropolitan Community College, which serves 45,000 students annually as the largest community college in Nebraska, focused on training our young people for the jobs that will drive Nebraska’s economy.
I’m tired of “all talk and no action.” I have first-hand knowledge through my work of governments’ failures to address people's needs. I see Nebraskans struggle to pay rent for apartments, food and utilities; many have so much complicated student loan debt that are unable buy a home or save to put their own kids through school.
Midwestern values are important to us. My husband and I chose to raise our daughter in Nebraska. We have seen a number of candidates for office who are good people, but who either do not know how or are unwilling to fight for what we believe in – education that prepares our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow, affordable healthcare, safe and secure housing, a nation that is well protected but also welcoming of others, and a simple tax structure that allows us to have stability without worrying that we are one paycheck away from losing everything.
I am running for Congress because we need to take the fight to Washington. I will make sure Nebraskans have a champion in Washington. I will never stop fighting to ensure that our government works for us and for our children. It’s time for social workers to step up to do what we were trained to do – to fight for you.
Most Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many key points. The ACA doesn’t have enough insurers and premiums for many have risen substantially as a result. But the choice is not to exclude Americans, and many Nebraskans, from coverage.
All Americans have the right to high quality, affordable education, and pre-K programs must be funded adequately. We must open more paths to higher education.
Reducing income inequality and promoting fiscal responsibility are at the top of Kara's list of priorities. Kara will work to cut down on tax breaks for the wealthy and for large corporations.
We cannot ignore the biggest moral issue facing our children – the environment. Kara will advocate global and multilateral ways to combat climate change.