Crystal Rhoades

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Crystal Rhoades
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Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolOmaha Central High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
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Crystal Rhoades was a Democratic candidate for Nebraska Public Service Commissioner in the 2014 elections. Crystal Rhoades won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Rhoades is currently the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) Coordinator for Douglas County.[1] She has also been elected twice to the board of governors of the Metropolitan Community College.[2]


Rhoades is a lifelong resident of Omaha, Nebraska. Rhoades attended Omaha’s Central High School. Upon graduation, she received a Goodrich Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There she earned a B.A. in political science and psychology. She also studied public administration. Rhoades later earned a Master's degree in political science from University of Nebraska at Omaha.[1][3]


Following college, from 2000 to 2006, Rhoades worked as an IT analyst with Aquila.

In 2006, Rhoades began working at the University of Omaha Neighborhood Center developing solutions to crime, safety, housing and health issues by working with elected officials to advocate for their neighborhoods. She stayed with the Neighborhood Center until 2013.[3]

Also in 2006, Rhoades was elected to the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. She served as treasurer, secretary and chairwoman of the board.[1]

In 2013, Rhoades became the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives Coordinator for Douglas County. In that role, she seeks to improve outcomes for children who enter the juvenile justice system.[3][1]

Rhoades has also worked with the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation and the Omaha Health Kids Alliance Housing Committee.[3]


Rhoades has been honored with a number of awards recognizing her efforts both at Metropolitan Community College and the Neighborhood Center. She was named one of the Omaha Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. She also received the League of Women Voter’s Making Democracy Work Award, Nebraska Democratic Party – John F. Kennedy Award and the Nebraska’s First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Additionally, Rhoades is a graduate of the Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha class 33.[3]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Master's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha



See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Rhoades ran for election to the office of Nebraska Public Service Commission.[2] Rhoades won the Democratic primary election on May 13, 2014.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 43.5% 5,705
Jim Esch 39.9% 5,238
John Green 16.6% 2,183
Total Votes 13,126
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.
General election
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 56.4% 41,630
     Republican John Sieler 43.6% 32,223
Total Votes 73,853
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Rhoades was endorsed by retiring commissioner Anne Boyle. Boyle has been on the commission for 17 years. Boyle endorsed Rhoades at her retirement announcement stating:

“I am gratified Crystal Rhoades has decided to run for the Omaha seat. Crystal is a dynamic public servant. She has proven to be a hard worker who is willing to make difficult decisions,” Boyle said.[2]

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