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Please share with me any questions, advice, ideas, or critiques you have.  I want to provide outstanding representation for Legislative District 5, and in order to do that I need to know what's important to you.

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  • ACEC Nebraska
    commented 2019-11-21 12:46:50 -0600
    ACEC Nebraska – would like to send you a candidate questionnaire via email

    Please provide an email.
  • Anonymous
    commented 2019-09-24 13:23:38 -0500
  • Gary Davis
    commented 2019-04-25 15:34:33 -0500
    Mike, Are you going to be able to get behind LB670? This bill could change the landscape for education in our state. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Gary
  • Clayton Monical
    commented 2018-01-10 10:41:18 -0600
    Senator Mc Donald , Requesting a phone call to talk about Wounded Warrior Family Support going to build a support housing for SERIOUSLY DISABLED VETERANS who don’t have or lacking family support. Being a Vietnam veteran and knowing how it feels to be shunned by the people you went to war for. I am a retired local 464 steamfitter , have worked with all trades in construction and KNOW they will step up and give their time to build this facility with the help of the contractors and suppliers of Greater Omaha…..PLEASE contact me ASAP….this article was in the Omaha World Herald 08Jan18 midlands section. Even before I finished reading it I wanted to get my union to help. I talked to my business manager and told me to contact you………ALL GAVE SOME : SOME GAVE ALL Thank-you Clayton
  • Steve Hartman
    commented 2017-10-27 23:12:09 -0500
    Hi Mike. I saw that the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board says we’ll get less tax revenue than expected this year, which would put us around $194.4 million short in our cash reserve. I hope you will take this issue seriously and find areas in which we can cut spending. Please work with your colleagues to compromise as needed. I think starting with the NU System was a good start—please find more!

    Thanks for representing District 5!
  • Amanda Beteille
    commented 2017-06-17 03:16:54 -0500
    Amanda Beteille
  • Cristian Lanche
    commented 2017-04-18 09:13:37 -0500
    My name is Cristian and I am junior at Bryan High School. I am concerned about the problem of homelessness in Omaha. How many homeless people are in Omaha? Also, what programs are in place to help the homeless in our city?


    I look forward to hearing back from you.



    Cristian Lanche   
  • Lori Benton
    commented 2016-12-06 12:11:27 -0600
    I wish to please meet and discuss the Fair Repair Act so you are knowledgeable and up-to-date when we introduce the Bill this coming session.
  • Rick Domenge
    commented 2016-11-02 08:30:41 -0500
    Where do you stand on the second amendment? Are current gun laws sufficient? Would take action in the legislature to make amendments to Nebraska concealed carry laws? Thank you, Rick Domenge Omaha
  • roger evenson
    commented 2016-10-20 17:14:15 -0500
    need a new sign,soon
  • John Lund
    commented 2016-10-16 10:56:11 -0500
    I would like to put one of your signs in my yard.

    John Lund
  • Jean
    commented 2016-10-05 21:49:37 -0500
    Mike, I was so wrong!! How can I help?
  • Kevin Wilkison
    commented 2016-09-20 14:01:58 -0500
    Hello my name is Kevin Wilkison I am the Community Outreach facilitator for Radio Talking Book Service here in Omaha. We are a non profit audio description service for the handicapped all across Nebraska. We are running a election centered theme on our ‘Community Conversations’ program that runs from 12-1 on Fridays and were looking to see if Mike would like to come down and talk about different aspects of voting and accessibility at the poll. Please feel free to reach me at my email and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


    Kevin Wilkison, Executive Assistant

    Community Outreach

    Radio Talking Book Service

    (402) 917-8710
  • Pat Loontjer
    commented 2016-09-15 15:48:36 -0500
  • Pat Loontjer
    commented 2016-09-15 15:48:12 -0500
    Hi Mike, Pat Loontjer here, “Gambling with the Good Life”. We have successfully opposed expanded gambling for 21 years and hope you will stand with us when elected. Your mail box is full and I would like to set up a meeting with you. Please give me a call, thanks, Pat
  • Linda Foreman
    commented 2016-07-06 15:53:17 -0500
    July 2016

    The Nebraska Area Agencies on Aging are seeking your input on our survey.

    Please go to the link below to complete the survey. If you would like additional information on Nebraska’s Aging Services please email your contact information to me. We would appreciate the completion of the survey by August 1, 2016.

    If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact:

    Linda Foreman

    West Central Area Agency on Aging

    308-535-8195 or

    We thank you for your time and assistance. We look forward to hearing from you.


    Nebraska Areas Agencies on Aging
  • Janet Bonet
    commented 2016-06-16 07:03:52 -0500
    Hi, I am President of the Spring Lake Park Team. We are coordinating a beautification project for 13th and Missouri Avenue so folks crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge know they are entering a special part of Omaha. In addition to including neighbors, community organizations and businesses in the project, we want to connect with labor representatives, elected officials and candidates to garner their input and support for the project. One of the ideas for the space is that a significant monument to labor and work ethic is needed in South O and this corner may be the place to put it. Can you help make this happen? Are you willing?
  • Traci Bruckner
    commented 2016-06-10 11:10:58 -0500
    Hi Mike! I am a new staff member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha. I will be leading their policy work and I would love to find a time to sit down with you and talk about the work of the Women’s Fund, as well as our legislative priorities. Is there a time during the month of July that we could get together? I am hoping that our Executive Director, Michelle Zych will be able to join us as well. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
  • Peggy Gilmore
    commented 2016-05-30 18:26:35 -0500
    Please join us for the 129th Benson Days Celebration as part of the Benson Days Parade on July 30th at 10 a.m. Please go to and download a registration form or fill out the information on the webpage to become part of this great annual event.
  • Kurt McBride
    commented 2016-05-27 10:46:55 -0500
    Re: Invitation to free screening of Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian documentary at the University of Nebraska – Omaha Community Engagement Center on June 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.

    Dear Senator Watermeier:

    On behalf of the Project Extra Mile coalition and our large network of statewide partners, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your staff to attend the June 9th screening of Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian, a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the issue of alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska and the impact that these sales are having on the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Pine Ridge) in South Dakota.

    As you may know, Project Extra Mile is a nonprofit organization advocating for evidence-based policies and practices to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms across our great state. Approximately 4 million cans of beer are sold each year in Whiteclay, which has a population of 12. These sales result in a number of alcohol-related harms in nearby Pine Ridge. One in four newborns are diagnosed with FASD – that’s approximately five times higher than the national average. Furthermore, its infant mortality rate is 300 percent higher than the national average. The scope of this problem is bigger than a handful of individuals making bad decisions; it is truly the definition of a public health and social justice crisis that warrants immediate action.

    Over the past decades, there has been much discussion about how to solve the Whiteclay problem at the local and state levels, but those discussions have yielded few results and the mantra ‘business as usual’ continues in Whiteclay. We are counting on you to be a part of a solution that will remove this stain from Nebraska’s record.

    I hope that you and your staff will join us on June 9 so that we can work together to find solutions that will prevent and reduce these alcohol-related harms.


    Kurt McBride

    Board of Directors President
  • Genessa Eddy
    commented 2016-05-24 22:49:19 -0500

    My name is Genessa Eddy and I am a trans woman who is a member of the Nebraska Trans* Community. On behalf of the Community I am writing this e-mail to members, and potential, members of Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature in order remind and encourage our State Senators that we and the rest of the LGBTQIA+ Community are just another group of proud Nebraskans who like any other group are looking to fully secure and protect all of our rights and freedoms. The Unicameral has already had to grapple to some degree with bills and laws that would directly effect the LGBTQIA+ Community but a larger discussion of these very issues will surely come to our own Capitol sooner than we may think! If the recent wave of laws in North Carolina and Mississippi are any indication of what is to come it surely calls to us to take up and discuss the tough issues now. Also, as our own Governor just recently confirmed the actions of the President and the Executive Branch of the Federal Government has brought the issues directly into our State and all the other States of this Union. You may also remember that our very own Nebraska School’s Activities Association discussed and voted on how to handle Trans* High School Students and their participation in high school activities just a couple of months ago. How ever we may feel about these issues and the problems surrounding them we must NOW come together in order to figure out how our great State will handle them. It may seem to be more comfortable to bury our heads in the sand, but that solution will never work and is actually in my opinion reckless and hurtful to our future and our children. It is us who need to show the way forward and not let important and tough issues fall to others.

    All this being said I have a few questions that I would like to ask you in order so the Nebraska Trans* Community and the rest of your constituents know where you stand on the important issues related to LGBTQIA+ Rights. These questions are as follows:

    Will you commit to opposing bills proposed in the Nebraska Unicameral that mirror North Carolina’s HB 2 or look to deny access to public bathrooms and locker rooms to anyone?

    Will you commit to opposing bills that try to define anyone’s gender based on ‘Biological Sex’ alone?

    Will you commit to supporting bills that will expand anti-discrimination laws here in Nebraska by clearly stating that both Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are protected classes in this State?

    Do you support the Nebraska School’s Activities Association’s new rules on the participation of Trans* students in High School activities?

    Will you commit to supporting bills that would allow an individual to more easily change the gender on their birth certificate or at least commit to opposing bills that would make it harder than it already is to change their birth certificate gender?

    Lastly, there are so many more questions that could be asked but at this time if you have anything else you would like to tell the Nebraska Trans* Community and the rest of your constituents that relates to LGBTQIA+ Issues we would love to hear what you have to say!

    The Nebraska Trans* Community and I thank you so much for your time and opinions. We look forward to hearing back from you soon!


    Genessa Eddy
  • Bill Gaughan
    commented 2016-05-10 22:39:47 -0500
    Mike… Congratulations on your Primary win for the NE Legislature. Brother John sends his best as well. He is now @ 14805 – 96th St.

    Louisville, NE.

    Sincerely -

    Bill Gaugha
  • Anonymous
    commented 2016-05-10 11:22:31 -0500
    I keep getting the exact same mailing(4 of them now) for voting for Mike McDonnell addressed to Marian Klostemann

    4513 S. 32 St. Omaha, NE. 68107

    She has not lived here for 20 yrs.

    I would not vote for someone who is so disorganized as to be doing this.

    Can you see to take this name off whatever mailing list you buy.

  • June Arbogast
    commented 2016-05-04 13:37:46 -0500
    Your supporters sure are “white.” No diversity, no vote!"
  • Christy Guest
    commented 2016-04-27 15:36:22 -0500
    We are very curious as to who you support in our presidential race. Our vote truly depends on this answer.
  • Brett Monson
    commented 2016-04-25 09:58:19 -0500
    I am an optometrist in District 5 at 50th and Grover. Senator Mello has been a patient for a number of years and helped in supporting certain bills for our Nebraska Optometric Association. I have a PAC check for Mike from our State Association for $1,000 that I would like to deliver to him. If he or someone in the campaign could reach me to see about setting a time I could meet with him for just a brief few minutes that would be great. Can reach me by email or cell.

    Thank you.
  • Maren Westra
    commented 2016-03-07 14:42:56 -0600

    My name is Maren Westra and I am writing you on behalf of the Urban League of Nebraska. Our organization has announced and pledged our support for LB 1032, the Transitional Health Insurance Program (T-HIP) Act.

    On Thursday, March 10, we will be hosting a letter-writing workshop in our offices at 3040 Lake St. The event will begin at 5:30 P.M. and end at approximately 7 P.M. We are inviting all candidates for the Nebraska Legislature to attend.

    This bill will affect and benefit many of our constituents, and we believe it is important that it be passed.

    Thank you,

    Maren Westra

    Development and Marketing Intern

    Urban League of Nebraska

    3040 Lake Street

    Omaha, NE 68111

    402 453 9730 X124
  • Mark Wurth
    commented 2016-02-08 10:51:04 -0600
    Please contact me regarding a contribution to your campaign.
  • Dave Polson Polson
    commented 2016-01-23 13:34:47 -0600
    My wife & I will vote for you if you’re a Democrat.