JO GILES ANNOUNCES RUN FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSION
Top priorities: Property taxes, juvenile justice and mental health
OMAHA, NE, October 8, 2019 – Jo Giles, a former television journalist, vice president of strategic communications public relations and now public policy professional announces her candidacy for the Douglas County Commission seat District 7. Giles said, the district, which spans from Elkhorn to the River, needs new leadership.
“I’m deeply concerned about the lack of strategic vision for the county. The juvenile detention center is just one example of a project in dire need of leadership to bridge county and community views and deliver a better option for youth,” Giles said.
Mental health also is a critical issue for the county – due to a lack of access which impacts both juvenile and adult populations, she said.
“Without any long-term treatment beds at the county hospital, many individuals end up in the Douglas County jail, which can lead to overcrowding. We need to address mental health care and services countywide with a focus on systematic change,” Giles said.
A dedicated community volunteer, Giles currently serves on the board of directors for Fontenelle Forest and will be the incoming board president of the Omaha Public Library Foundation.
Her bachelor’s degree is from Washington University in St. Louis; her master’s degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia and she has a certificate in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Learn more about her campaign at www.VoteJoGiles.com
Contact: Kate Wolfe, campaign manager, 402.601.7269 (cell)