An Omaha attorney who says officials haven't done enough to add jobs and cut crime in north Omaha announced Monday that he will challenge Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray for his seat representing District 2.
Bruce Hunter made his campaign announcement at Omaha North High School, from which he graduated in 1991 before attending college at Norfolk State University in Virginia and law school at Emory University in Georgia. After seven years practicing law, Hunter said he's become familiar with many of the problems facing Omaha — and wants to make some changes.
“The last four years, there's been the promise of improved job creation and safer streets, and that promise has not been delivered on,” he said.
Hunter said the city needs to focus on bringing different types of jobs to north Omaha. He said there's been progress in the local economy, but it isn't coming quickly enough.
Among his ideas: the creation of a business incubator that would focus on businesses interested in green technology and health care. He also wants to bring agricultural jobs through urban farms.
He said crime and violence are top concerns of the voters.
Three other challengers — Timothy Ashford, Tariq Al-Amin and Dennis J. Womack — are also looking to unseat Gray.
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