Watch my kickoff speech to learn more about why I am running and my priority issues.
Tim Benak is a second-generation Omaha firefighter who understands and advocates a collaborative approach to public safety. A 10-year veteran of the Omaha Fire Department, Tim already serves residents of LD5 as he is stationed on 42nd and Valley Street.
Developing an educational course based on his passion for serving the community, Tim received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management concentrating in Criminal Justice. Tim currently adjunct teaches at UNO’s William Brennan Institute of Labor Studies where he educates on the importance of the labor movement and of collective bargaining.
“I’m running because a career on the fire department has introduced me to those most vulnerable in our population,” Benak said. “Continuing a focus on public safety through our public school system, rehabilitation of those involved in the justice system, and well-paying jobs creates safe and healthy neighborhoods, which creates safe and healthy states.”
The Benak family has a long history of public service in the Omaha area. Tim’s dad served 25 years as an Omaha firefighter, mother a registered nurse at Bergan Mercy, and his sister- a public school teacher. These role models, as well as Tim’s high school experience at Creighton Prep, cultivated a passion early on to becoming a Man for Others. In addition to his service with the Omaha Fire Department, Tim is a board member of the nonprofit- The Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education, a past volunteer for the American Red Cross, a current member of the Knights of Columbus and various other St. Thomas More school committees.
Tim is not a career politician. Tim is a public servant with the education to translate experience into common sense public policy.