Retired Omaha Police Officer Tariq Al-Amin announced his candidacy Saturday in the Omaha City Council's northeast district.
Al-Amin, 56, said Councilman Ben Gray has failed to represent District 2 and works only with a small circle of friends and organizations.
Al-Amin said he worked for his community during a 25-year police career and would be an advocate for public-private partnerships to address development and renovate empty buildings and lots.
He said there has been too little attention given by city government and law enforcement to illegal gun sales and providers of guns used in shootings.
He held his press conference at the Aframerican Bookstore on Lake Street in northeast Omaha. Among those standing with him were State Sen. Ernie Chambers and former City Councilman Frank Brown.
Three other men are running against Gray in District 2: Timothy Ashford, Bruce Hunter and Dennis Womack. The primary election is April 2.
Chambers said the district doesn't need a magician or miracle worker but a candidate like Al-Amin who will put forth effort to address the district's problems. Chambers called Al-Amin a trustworthy man.
“I have known him for years,” Chambers said. “He is an integral part of this community.”
Al-Amin said he retired from the Police Department in 2006 and currently works part time in security with the Omaha Housing Authority.
He said he would be available to constituents, listen to their problems and seek solutions.
“I'm not going to make any promises I can't keep,” he said.
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