New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
Lincoln Journal Star Press Release:
January 20, 2017
Lincoln resident Bennie Shobe announced Wednesday that he will seek one of the three at-large seats on the Lincoln City Council in the upcoming May election.
“I am running for City Council to be a voice for working people,” Shobe said. “Lincoln is a great place to live, but we have to make sure that our high quality of life is available to people from all walks of life, not just those at the top. I want to make sure that someone is listening to the people of Lincoln and will truly hear their concerns.”
Shobe works as a program analyst at the Department of Labor, and teaches a criminal justice course as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His career and experiences, Shobe says, are focused on employment and public safety, two issues he believes should be priorities for the Lincoln City Council.
“Lincoln has a low unemployment rate, but that isn’t the full story,” Shobe said. “People are working multiple jobs, and many haven’t seen a raise in years. On top of that, many people are struggling to deal with the fact that housing costs are rising faster than their wages, and they are being pushed out of their neighborhoods. These are issues that must be addressed by a City Council that works for the people, and I will work toward that goal every day.”
Shobe has spent his time in Lincoln serving on numerous community boards, neighborhood associations and advisory commissions. He currently serves on the Lincoln Police Hiring and Promotion Committee, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights and the Malone Community Center Board of Directors, among others. He has served as president of the Lincoln Branch NAACP, and is a Project ALL graduate of the Leadership Lincoln initiative, a program that encourages public participation in community governance.
April 4, 2017
UNL professor Bennie Shobe is on ballot for Lincoln City Council
A faculty member from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be on the ballot today for the Lincoln city elections. Bennie Shobe is one of eight candidates vying for one of the three seats on the City Council.
Shobe is an adjunct professor in School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He teaches Research Methods, which is an introduction to methods and techniques of empirical social research. Shobe has been teaching for 20 years, of which the last nine years have been at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln via University of Nebraska Omaha. Shobe is also a program analyst at the Department of Labor.
Shobe is running to be a “voice for working people” and has prioritized economic growth, public safety and affordable housing among other issues.
Shobe, an active member in the community, is a member of the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, Lincoln Police Hiring and Promotion Committee and the Malone Community Center Board of Directors. In 2016 he earned Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Service Award for community involvement.
And while he’s a faculty member at UNL, Shobe’s appeal extends far beyond his students.
“In the little amount of time that I got to know Bennie it was clear to me that he would be a perfect fit for City Council.” said Miranda Kuzela, a sophomore global studies, Russian and Spanish major. “Not only was he extremely engaging and personable, but also very passionate about the city and people of Lincoln.”
“Bennie is a professor at UNL, I feel he has a really good grasp on issues students care about,” said Angela Ching, a junior. “This combined with how active he is in the greater Lincoln community makes him my ideal candidate because he’s able to represent people from all walks of life.”
Some of Shobe’s colleagues have also been enthusiastic by his intentions to seek out public office.
“I’m totally excited, I’ve worked with Bennie for the last two years” said Jeannette Eileen Jones, an associate professor of history and ethnic studies.
“I think it is important for our students to see regardless of their political orientation, that our faculty cares a lot about what is happening in our state and in our city.”