Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Better know a politician: Pete Festersen

Name: Pete Festersen

Political party: Democratic (D)

State: Nebraska

Current position: Councilman, Omaha City Council, 2009-present

Previous: Top aide to Mayor Mike Fahey; Chairman, Omaha Planning Board

Future: Festersen is running against Rep. Lee Terry (R) in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District for his seat in Congress.


  • Voted in favor of the gay discrimination ordinance.  This would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or sexual identity
  • Voted against the restaurant sales tax
  • Battled former Mayor Jim Suttle with future Mayor Jean Stothert over various budget issues
  • Voted against raising property taxes
  • Moderate Democrat, considered pro-business
  • Voted for the transportation and environmental elements of the city's master plan
  • Introduced a measure to increase the amount of police in Omaha
  • Supports "truth in sentencing" policies and laws
  • Voted in favor of a police auditor
  • Supported new grocery opportunities in "food deserts"
  • Voted in favor of prioritizing demolition funding to help provide new housing that would be used for affordable housing

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