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Photo of Councilmember Ben Gray


Councilmember Ben Gray was elected to the City Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.  He is the Councilmember for District 2 which is in the northeast quadrant of the city.

During his time on the Council, Ben has championed a number of social and political issues which include a more level playing field for small contractors, secured funding to create the "Step Up" summer jobs program, worked to push a master plan for North Omaha, fought for the civil rights of the LGBT community, worked with council colleagues  to pass legislation in an effort to help those chronically unemployed and supported and helped create the "Good Neighbor" ordinance that addresses problem liquor establishments.  Ben also championed the newly formed Land Bank in an effort to address problem properties and the numerous empty lots across the city but specifically in his council district.

Prior to being elected to the Omaha City Council, Ben was a photo-journalist for KETV Channel 7.  While in television Ben produced and hosted the longest running public affairs show in the history of Omaha television, "Kaleidoscope" which was on the air for 30 years.   Ben has won numerous local, regional and national awards as a journalist, talk show host and photographer. Ben has won a number of awards for his on-going work with "at risk" youth as well as hard core gang members. Ben is married to Freddie J. Gray and they have a blended family of seven children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Email: Ben.Gray@cityofomaha.org

Phone: 402-444-5524