Krystal Gabel grew up in Akron, Iowa, and has a B.A. in Writing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.

Gabel resides in Omaha, Nebraska, volunteers her time petitioning for the third-party Legal Marijuana Now, and is building a free-food community garden in South Omaha. Gabel is a freelance writer/editor and was most recently employed as a technical writer at ACI Worldwide, Inc., in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Krystal planting native Nebraska grasses at the South Omaha Peace Garden. 2017.
Krystal planting native Sandhill Lovegrass at the South Omaha Peace Garden. 2017.

In November 2016, Gabel (Independent) advanced to the General Election for Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD), a water/gas utilities race that spans three counties in the Omaha Metro area. She received approximately 86,000 votes and missed election by 1% of the vote.

In the April 2017 Omaha City Primary, Gabel (Independent) ran against the incumbent and five other candidates for the District 2 City Council seat. She missed moving to the General Election by 143 votes.