FOR OMAHA'S FUTURE
Brian Thommes’ story is like that of many Northwest Omaha families. He has lived in Omaha since he was 5 years old and was raised in the same house he is now buying from his parents near 90th and Fort Streets.
Brian grew up in St. James Catholic Parish, attended Masters Elementary School for kindergarten and went to St. James/Seaton for grade and middle school. During this time, he played baseball in the Keystone Little League, basketball at St. James/Seaton, and swam for Keystone Pool in the summers. He graduated from Roncalli Catholic High School, where he played football, swam and participated in track and field.
Always energetic and enthusiastic, Brian’s work ethic developed early in life, when he began delivering newspapers at age 11 for the Omaha World-Herald. He’s worked in the grocery industry since he worked at Baker’s Supermarkets during his high school and college years.
Today, Brian’s a Store Manager for a QuikTrip located in the heart of City Council District 7. His work puts him in contact with hundreds of Northwest Omaha residents on a daily basis. He lives with his partner Vince, and pets Casey, Molly and Kona.
Brian earned a degree in Continuing Studies, with focuses on business and sign language, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After starting his career with the QuikTrip organization, he returned to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
After five years with QuikTrip in Des Moines, Brian moved back to Omaha, where he has managed several stores over the last seven years. He’s active in the Omaha civic community as well, serving as president of the OGLBT sports league, where he also coordinates tournament events to raise money for local organizations.
Brian has witnessed the northwestern growth of Omaha in both population and new neighborhoods. He knows how important it is for District 7 to have a strong voice on the City Council to advocate for the essential city services needed to keep pace with the growth of those neighborhoods and suburban business districts. Brian is committed to growing our job base to expand opportunities and keep younger Omahans in our community.
“I want to see Omaha continue to grow. I want to see younger generations stay and raise families. We must maintain an infrastructure of roads, houses, and jobs that are sustainable and will help us construct a better future. I want us to lower our crime rate and support the first responders who serve and protect us,” Brian said.
"I want to see Omaha continue to grow. I want to see younger generations stay and raise families."
We need to invest in physical infrastructure, public health and safety and education initiatives. Patching a hole in a street is a quick fix, but it doesn’t serve our city in the long term. We need a bold, long-term vision for Omaha. A multi-year plan that includes road and bridge repairs, city-wide wifi, a light rail and improved public transportation, and enhanced public green spaces and trail systems. We need to support our police and fire departments in all the good work that they do, including standing up for their hard earned pensions, which is something my opponent refuses to do.
For a long-term plan to succeed, it must be built with a clear vision for sustainable growth, both economically and geographically. We need to work with our businesses to keep them in Omaha. We need to attract new companies, foster entrepreneurship, work with our colleges and universities to incubate homegrown start-ups, and increase tourism opportunities. We need leaders who will fight for projects that will enhance our neighborhoods. We can’t lose major developments - like the proposed Tranquility Sports Complex - to smaller suburbs because our City Councilwoman refused to act boldly. We need a strategic urban plan to address city zoning issues to combat sprawl, while encouraging the individual character that makes each Omaha neighborhood unique.
Three of my siblings, well educated professionals, left Omaha for jobs in Seattle, Houston and Minneapolis. Brain drain is a family issue for me, and this is borne out in statistics. Young people leave Omaha for education and career opportunities in bigger cities and never come back. We need leaders in our city government who will fight this. We need to treat our diversity as a strength and selling point. We need to make our city more inclusive. We need to strengthen labor protections, work toward a livable minimum wage, and encourage paid family leave. We must bridge the generational divide and find the common themes that unite us all as Omahans: common sense, fairness, and city pride. We need to seize the opportunity to be bold and act like a 21st Century City
"I’m going to work for your votes and I’m going to work to ensure Omaha becomes a diverse, vibrant city of the future as your next City Councilman."
Hello and welcome to my website.
I’m Brian Thommes, and I want to work for you.
Here you will learn more about me, Omaha City Council District 7, and why I think I’m the most qualified candidate to be your voice on our city council.
Thanks for taking time to visit, and I hope to earn your vote on April 4th.
Omaha City Council candidate For District 7
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