Latest mayoral candidate Mark Gudgel puts education first

Mark Gudgel and his wife Sonia have lived in the Field Club area for the…

Mark Gudgel and his wife Sonia have lived in the Field Club area for the last five years. Gudgel grew up in Valentine, NE, and worked as a teacher in Lincoln and is now a teacher at Omaha North High School. “I teach mostly seniors,” Gudgel said. Gudgel said he should be the next mayor because he has Omaha’s best interest at heart. “Omaha needs a leader. He said we have a manager. We need a leader. And I do think that that’s what I bring to the table is also what we lack and that’s vision,” Gudgel said. Gudgel’s focus among other things is education. He said by helping local students go to college for free it in return helps the city’s economy. “You’ll buy a car here, and you’ll pay taxes on it, you’ll go on to eat and you’ll pay taxes on it you’ll buy a house and you’ll pay taxes,” Gudgel said. He calls it the Omaha Promise. For more information, click here. “This is good and for the long term for our city. It just requires somebody with a vision and political will to implement, and nothing is more important to me than education and young people,” Gudgel said. Gudgel’s also focusing on LGBTQ rights in the metro. He said once he’s mayor he’ll work on offering a safe space for people to feel loved and respected. “As a municipality, we can put in place protections that if our state hasn’t quite caught up with the age, right, we can be that city where, you know, Nebraska is a tough place to live but Omaha doesn’t have to be,” Gudgel said. Gudgel also wants to better acclimate immigrants to Omaha. “We’re going to help them with things like housing you going to help them with citizenship and help them pay for those awful tests,” Gudgel said. Gudgel said he’s candid and often uses a quote from Shakespeare that he teaches to his students that he says best describes himself. “One that comes from Othello that I think describes me really well is that, ‘I wear my heart on my sleeve.’ You don’t even know, you don’t ever wonder where I stand on something I’m open and honest about it,” Gudgel said.

Mark Gudgel and his wife Sonia have lived in the Field Club area for the last five years. Gudgel grew up in Valentine, NE, and worked as a teacher in Lincoln and is now a teacher at Omaha North High School.

“I teach mostly seniors,” Gudgel said.

Gudgel said he should be the next mayor because he has Omaha’s best interest at heart.

“Omaha needs a leader. He said we have a manager. We need a leader. And I do think that that’s what I bring to the table is also what we lack and that’s vision,” Gudgel said.

Gudgel’s focus among other things is education. He said by helping local students go to college for free it in return helps the city’s economy.

“You’ll buy a car here, and you’ll pay taxes on it, you’ll go on to eat and you’ll pay taxes on it you’ll buy a house and you’ll pay taxes,” Gudgel said.

He calls it the Omaha Promise. For more information, click here.

“This is good and for the long term for our city. It just requires somebody with a vision and political will to implement, and nothing is more important to me than education and young people,” Gudgel said.

Gudgel’s also focusing on LGBTQ rights in the metro. He said once he’s mayor he’ll work on offering a safe space for people to feel loved and respected.

“As a municipality, we can put in place protections that if our state hasn’t quite caught up with the age, right, we can be that city where, you know, Nebraska is a tough place to live but Omaha doesn’t have to be,” Gudgel said.

Gudgel also wants to better acclimate immigrants to Omaha.

“We’re going to help them with things like housing you going to help them with citizenship and help them pay for those awful tests,” Gudgel said.

Gudgel said he’s candid and often uses a quote from Shakespeare that he teaches to his students that he says best describes himself.

“One that comes from Othello that I think describes me really well is that, ‘I wear my heart on my sleeve.’ You don’t even know, you don’t ever wonder where I stand on something I’m open and honest about it,” Gudgel said.