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JORDAN PADEN

What do you see as important aspects of leadership in Fremont and/or Dodge County?

Paden said a good leader possesses a vision and is a good communicator, a listener and someone who understands the issues.

Paden explains that when he looks 1, 5, 10 or even 20+ years into the future … his decisions will affect our children years down the road. He says he has a passion for short/long term strategic action that results in purpose driven results, not just words on paper.

Communication is key for a functioning government and paramount in building trust with the public, he says.

“Giving people all the known information as soon as possible helps people make informed decisions.”

Additionally, he states a good leader listens, maintains an open door policy and is open to feedback.

“Some people fear the counter-point, but I actually like hearing dissenting opinion. It helps me make better decisions and it makes me a better person.”

A leader understands the issues, Paden says and he lists an abundance of experience that gives him insight into Fremont issues: starting new businesses and nonprofits, employer, leadership roles, homeowner, volunteer, and enjoying a happy marriage and family.

What do you see for Fremont’s and/or Dodge County’s Future?

Paden sees a bright future: new construction, new business, new technology, arts and humanities, updated public spaces, a city open to technology, a more efficient Fremont.

“A public that is more connected and engaged with the decision making, not just at the city level, but at the department level as well … taking pro-active steps towards its future, strengthening public utility, education and public safety,” he said

He envisions a safe place to raise a family with morals and values.

How would you get to that future?

“Understanding that we have more in common than we have differences will help us move forward.”

Disagreement is okay, he says, but moving forward and achieving goals is vital.

Paden believes the future is a changing and moving target. Fremont needs to move and change with it. City officials must utilize current technology and be comfortable using it, and making improvements quickly and decisively.

“You reap what you sow.” He adds diligence, hard work and commitment will create benefits.

“Big ideas take big work, and we need people willing to do the work and I’ll be first in line.”

Official stance on, the proposed Costco poultry operation for Fremont area?

Paden supports the project, as long as the community supports it. It’s an opportunity for farmers to sell additional crops. With an additional 1100 workers the economic impact is exponential leading to further real estate ventures, restaurants and other businesses.

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He approaches this position as he does with any organization or business that he leads.

DON CUNNINGHAM

What do you see as important aspects of leadership in Fremont and/or Dodge County?

Cunningham says, leaders must listen, not only to residents’ positions, but also understand their passion. Effective leaders listen and talk to accumulate accurate data to navigate the future.

What do you see for Fremont’s and/or Dodge County’s Future?

He sees a vibrant, family-friendly downtown with green spaces. Water fountains and murals celebrating Fremont’s history. Attractive, colorful and well-managed corridors leading into town from all directions. With increased enrollments in Midland and Metro, our town has a chance to step up.

“Opportunities! Opportunities everywhere.”

How would you get to that future?

“If Fremont strides into its future, embracing the task of energizing and engaging its residents, our future is restricted only by the limits of our perspectives. Vision and energy … These are the pillars of the future.”

Official stance on the proposed Costco poultry operation for Fremont area?

He states there appears to be momentum supporting the Rawhide Project in Ward 4, that attitudes changed when the sponsoring company was revealed.

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“When it comes to water use and land management, the electorate exhibits a lingering suspicion of corporate promises. Yet the upside wins out in Ward Four. And therefore, in my book too.”

Additional: Salesman on Main Street in Kearney, educator, administrative experience, managed a $5.8 million budget and supported 88 employees.

“Making decisions that will be unpopular to some is an aspect of leadership.”

RICH OLIVA

What do you see as important aspects of leadership in Fremont and/or Dodge County?

Oliva points out there are some places for improvement in the Fremont City Council such as: communication; stronger support for public safety; a more equal and fair bid process for all departments of the city.

What do you see for Fremont’s and/or Dodge County’s Future?

He sees a city Council that works closer with city departments and city administrator that does not micromanage.

“The city administrator needs to be more in touch with the people of Fremont. If we could start with these items our city could be more efficient and cohesive…”

How would you get to that future?

“I would like to see a quarterly rounding meeting with the leaders of all Fremont Departments from Parks and Recreations to the Board of Public Works and the City’s leaders.”

He believes such a meeting would eliminate miscommunications between city departments.

Official stance on, the proposed Costco poultry operation for Fremont area?

Oliva understands people’s concerns. He understands that examples exist where such businesses have created negative impacts. However, he believes this company is not one of those examples; the technology is improved.

“If you study what this company is doing, and building … I believe you will feel better about this company’s proposal. This is a good thing for Fremont and I do support it being built here.”

Additional: He offers more information at @VoteOliva on Facebook or on the web at Votericholiva.com

MATT BECHTEL

What do you see as important aspects of leadership in Fremont and/or Dodge County?

“Transparency. That’s always been one of my main points,” he said.

Transparency and two-way communication are extremely important as the city begins to expand, Bechtel says.

“It is important to let the people talk and to listen without any preconceived notions.”

What do you see for Fremont’s and/or Dodge County’s Future?

“I am optimistic about Fremont’s future and wish everyone could view the city with the passion I do.”

Bechtel sees a youthful energy as Fremont grows. He sees more choices, new restaurants and activities in Fremont.

“Great businesses make great cities and the people of Fremont will be watching carefully what businesses come into this town and safety will remain a top priority.”

How would you get to that future?

Bechtel says Fremont must think about what it wants. City officials must do their best to make Fremont open to great businesses. The city needs to be a destination for business. This includes clear communication and simple codes.

Bechtel wants to see more community events to bring together people. He would examine future issues of police and fire departments.

Official stance on, the proposed Costco poultry operation for Fremont area?

“Before I can approve something I have to know in my conscious that it will truly be a benefit to this community.”

Bechtel wants to know more facts, such as the plant’s location, how extra jobs will be filled, where employees will come from, and effect on schools.

“I need the appropriate information to make an appropriate decision. I will continue listening to both sides while waiting for all the facts to come out.”

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