Editor's Note: Story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of terms served on the Planning Commission.
Sharon Hansen — who served 13 years on the Bellevue Board of Adjustment and 13 years on the Bellevue Planning Commission — has filed for election to the Ward IV seat on the Bellevue City Council.
Hansen, a Democrat, will face Republican Jim Moudry in the May primary election, which is nonpartisan and will advance two candidates to the general election.
As of Monday a third candidate had not filed.
Hansen, 57, said her 16 years serving on municipal boards has given her a thorough understanding of the issues facing Bellevue.
She said such issues as inadequate infrastructure, increased traffic flowing from the new bridge over the Missouri River and financing of a hotel and conference center are all related to growth.
“These are good kinds of problems to have versus being in a recession and having businesses closing down such as was prevalent a few years ago,” she said. “I like these kinds of problems.”
She said she would bring her planning experience to bear on Bellevue’s future.
“A lot of people have worked hard to get us this far, and I think Bellevue’s ready to bloom,” she said.
“I have a pretty good background from being on the Planning Commission, and I can help that happen.”
Hansen is a native of South Omaha who has lived in Bellevue for 29 years. She is a civil litigation attorney with the Omaha law firm of Koukol & Johnson and a 2008 recipient of a Bellevue Volunteer Award.
In 2012, she received the Jewel of Bellevue Award from the City of Bellevue.
Hansen is not related to former Bellevue School Board member John Hansen, who is also seeking a seat on the City Council in Ward II.