Sara Kohen is running for Omaha City Council for District 7, in northwest Omaha. She is also a mom, a wife, and an attorney who now works to engage families and build community as a school administrator. Sara is drawn to public service because she believes that we—as a nation, a state, and a city—have so much potential. Decisions made at the local level affect how we live our lives: From the roads on which we drive, to the parks and libraries that enhance our quality of life, to what kind of city and planet we will leave for our children, local decisions are crucial. Especially since the pandemic began, we have also seen how action—or inaction—by our elected officials affects our health and safety, as well as our livelihoods. Sara believes that we all have a duty to use our unique strengths to help our communities. Over the past several years, we have seen missed opportunities for leadership and for positive change. Sara is running for City Council because she wants all of us, our children, and our grandchildren, to have a brighter future here in Omaha. We have a lot of work to do, and Sara is ready to get started.
Sara has the experience, vision, and judgment to help lead Omaha through this challenging time and chart a path toward renewed growth and sustainability. A Nebraskan since 2008, Sara originally is from Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University in 2007, where she majored in Political Science and Spanish and was the university’s nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. While at JMU, Sara volunteered as a Spanish interpreter at a legal aid organization. Seeing clients’ struggles, and motivated by a desire to help others, Sara decided to go to law school.
Sara attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law, serving as an Executive Editor for the Nebraska Law Review and graduating fourth in her class. Following graduation, in 2011, Sara and her family moved to Omaha, where she was a judicial law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Sara subsequently worked as in-house counsel, focusing on real estate law, contract litigation, and insurance regulations. In 2015, Sara began helping her children’s school with community outreach and family engagement, working part-time at night and on weekends while continuing to practice law. Sara has since stepped away from practicing law to take on a bigger role helping educate our community’s children and spend more time with her husband and their four children.
There’s a way for everyone to get involved: Writing post cards, making phone calls, and talking to voters at their doors (in a COVID-safe way) will all help spread Sara’s message to more voters.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing Omaha? What do you think is going well? What would you like to see change?
Sara is exactly the kind of leader we need on the City Council. Chip in to help us connect with more voters and bring fresh ideas to city government. Every dollar counts!