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No word yet on if they’ll have a role in her administration, but attorney and former Nebraska Republican Party chairman David Kramer and Stothert campaign team member Rod Edwards will help Stothert as she moves into the Mayor’s Office.
Brinker Harding, a commercial real estate broker who served as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Mayor Hal Daub, also attended Monday’s meeting
Stothert must work to assemble a Cabinet as her June 10 inauguration approaches. She must decide how bold to be with the city’s 2014 budget. She must reach out to the rest of city government and local interest groups.
We spoke with a group of local experts — including former mayors Hal Daub and Mike Boyle — about what Omaha’s first female mayor must now do. We also might post some other snippets from our interviews with the two ex-mayors later this week.
Aimee Melton, an attorney, finished first in the primary, with Tim Lonergan, a lawn care company owner, in second. Both are Republicans, sharing similar views on some issues, but Lonergan has strong support from labor unions.
According to campaign finance reports, $25,000 of the $30,000 Lonergan has brought in came from the city’s fire union.
Gray is focused on cutting violence by supporting economic development. Al-Amin is positioning himself as a candidate who would go after some of the same goals with different strategies.
Both are pushing for more police oversight, but in different ways; Gray wants to get an auditor added to the city charter, while Al-Amin wants to independently create a position for an auditor or citizen review board.
Over the last four years of fiscal fights, the two were never on equal footing — the mayor introduced complete budgets while the council could only amend his proposals, and the power to negotiate contracts changed from the mayor to the council in the past year.
While Suttle says he was trying to address serious financial problems, he says Stothert was the staunch “voice of no.” He’s accused her of playing politics, declining to name budget cuts unless he led the way. Stothert’s replied that the mayor has simply addressed city fiscal challenges with new taxes or fees.
Jerram bounced back after a controversial St. Patrick’s Day weekend incident in March, in which he was photographed holding up a T-shirt that depicted mayoral candidate Jean Stothert as a stripper. He received nearly 66 percent of the vote in the April primary, while Jasso took 33 percent.
In the race to the general election, Jasso is focusing on messages about cutting taxes, while Jerram is talking about economic development efforts in Midtown neighborhoods.
He wants to see the city do a better job providing basic services and to get more police officers watching the streets of Elkhorn. Thompson says he’s also looking out for Elkhorn, but sees his role as an advocate for neighborhoods across the city.
Both candidates are registered Republicans interested in tax and spending issues, but differ on other issues. Pahls is touting his experience and connections from years of public service, while Moore says the district needs an outsider with business experience to make changes at City Hall.
Truemper, a critical care pediatrician, will face Festersen, a first-term council member, in the May 14 city election. The two are vying to represent Benson, Dundee, Florence and Westroads, mostly Democratic areas.
Last week was a big one for sparring between the Suttle and Stothert campaigns.
First, there was crime. Jean Stothert held a press conference Monday to challenge Mayor Jim Suttle’s claims that crime rates have been flat during his administration. She cited Omaha Police Department statistics that showed both violent and property crime going up over the last few years. A day later, Suttle fired back in his own press conference. His stats, also from OPD, showed crime dropping, and then staying flat.
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Will the shelters be available to the public for personal use?
Fireman who put is in debt and calls himself "Fire Jean." Your bloated cont
311 works great here in NYC.
If I see something that needs fixing, I mak
Or... the Chamber of Commerce could raise the $35 Million from its members,
Double taxation? So any project using state and local funds is double taxa
How long has Omaha had a AAA bond rating?
How many large municipalities
Way to go Jean Stothert! Your shortsighted decision to commandeer the fire
I think it's a logical idea. Putting tax on tobacco which causes cancer is
Will gov't ever have enough of our money? When does it stop?
Ed, Good to shake your hand at Dundee Days. Just a brief note that we need