I'd Like to Earn Your Vote
I’m Maureen Boyle, and I would like to be your representative on the Douglas County Board for District 5.
My husband and I have been married for over 30 years, have two college kids, and a cat named Grace.
I live in Country Club and grew up in Dundee, the oldest of 5 kids. I graduated from St Margaret Mary and Marian High School, got a business degree from UNO, and later graduated from medical school at UNMC.
As an OB-GYN physician at Methodist, I’ve channeled my drive to serve others by delivering babies and listening to women and their families as we navigate their medical needs.
Health and Safety
I’m aware of the anxiety my patients have in labor, but COVID-19 has taken this to a new level. I’m wearing PPE and N-95 masks while delivering babies even though it makes it hard to talk to or “coach” my patients. But I wear it for the health and safety of my patients and my work team. Without robust public health and safety leadership, staying healthy as individuals is impossible to attain. It is the duty of the government to prevent and protect us from these threats.
Financially, this pandemic has caused a crushing blow to many of us, our families, friends, and neighbors. Everyone is affected. Tax revenues will drop dramatically. Yet, Douglas County government cannot shut down because it provides critical services. Government officials will need to think of creative ways to hold the line on property taxes and make up for lost tax revenue.
Hope and Leadership
As a physician working during this pandemic, I have first-hand knowledge of how the virus is affecting our community. I have the medical perspective to lead other government officials and to help develop real and timely solutions. And, with my business degree and background, I can approach budgetary issues with a sharp eye. No doubt, it’s going to be a rough ride… but I WANT to do my part to lead us out of this.
We WILL get through this.I would appreciate your support and your vote.
COVID-19, Taking Care of Yourself
I like the analogy of comparing this pandemic to a hurricane. Some of us are in the eye of it, and some of us are just getting sprinkled on. If you’re not hit hard, this can still be stressful for lots of reasons.
You want to help but don't know how. You feel guilty because you stay home while your friends are on the front-lines, lost their jobs, or are sick from the virus. You’re bored or lonely, missing social contact and entertainment.
Mental health is public health. Take care of yourselves!
A Few Things You Might Want To Do
Donate blood. It’s not like we need it more often; it’s that the number of donors is down. I’m still doing c-sections and deliveries; occasionally patients need to be transfused. So demand is less, but it exists.
Develop a routine. Try to get up and go to bed at the same time every day.
Eat a healthy diet. Drink plenty of water.
Exercise. It’s nature’s anti-depressant.
Go outside. Sunshine for at least 15 minutes a day helps our mental health.
Call your mom (or a close friend or family member). I lost my mom last year and miss her dearly. Studies show that hearing the voice of a dear friend or family member can release oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding. It feels as good as a hug!
My Thoughts on Campaign Issues
Juvenile Justice System
The Douglas County Board embarked on a project last year to address juvenile justice. Developing and building a new juvenile justice center is a focus of this. While I agree with analyzing the most effective ways to help and address juvenile offenders, now is not the time. In addition, I am not convinced downtown is the place to put a building. I would like to reanalyze the data on numbers and types of offenses, types of services, and costs to provide them.
This pandemic has wreaked havoc on the budget. There are essential services which must be provided regardless. It seems counterproductive to increase sales or property taxes to make up for shortfalls. We need to think of creative ways to limit costs. Merging city-county services which are redundant has worked in some cases. This warrants another look. Decreasing employee turnover in stressful jobs may be helpful. I’d like to break the budget down, and put it back together.
We get it now. If we don't have our health, nothing else matters. It’s the first domino. As a doctor, this is where my heart lies. I want to be sure the Douglas County Health Department has the resources needed to prevent and address community health. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevention costs less than treatment.
This is one of my favorite quotes, and it’s just the pep talk we need to prepare for the future:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
~ A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Home
PAID FOR BY MAUREEN BOYLE FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD
2032 N 55th St Omaha, NE 68104