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Robynn Tysver reports the District 1 council representative was heavily recruited by national Democrats, who believed the moderate, pro-business councilman had the credentials to win in the Omaha-based congressional district, the state’s only swing district.
“At this point in time, however, I’ve determined I can have a greater impact on my community by staying focused on being a father, a business owner, and president of the Omaha City Council,” Festersen said.
Sad day for Dems in Nebraska. The party’s dream congressional candidate – Pete Festersen – has passed on a run against GOP Lee Terry
“I’m focused on my duties as City Council president but have been receiving local and national encouragement to run, and I’m in the process of discussing it with family, friends, colleagues and supporters,” Festersen told The World-Herald on Wednesday.
Big ‘pro and con’ list for Festersen to think on as he makes up his mind.
The decision was his own, he told me earlier today. The Planning Department was targeted by Mayor Jim Suttle’s challengers during the city election cycle. The mayor-elect has said she wants new blood on City Hall’s 11th floor.
“I am proud of what I believe has been accomplished while I’ve been here,” Cunningham said. “It was a great pleasure being here and serving in my hometown. It’s been an honor.”
Stothert has also hired her right hand man, as work to bring in a new administration continues.
Stothert officials got the keys to the space this week and have since worked to connect phone lines, Internet connections and email and voicemail accounts. Stothert will use the space through her June 10 inauguration.
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.
The first big news following Jean Stothert’s sizeable victory Tuesday evening: Mayor Jim Suttle’s administration has dismissed Stothert’s husband from his volunteer role as a consultant with the Omaha Fire Department.
Dr. Joseph Stothert had served as medical director for the department’s emergency medical service for 18 years.
Another highlight: Champion S. Chase, a three-time mayor who was unanimously impeached by the City Council in 1884 for, according to the Douglas County Historical Society, “drunkenness, incompetence by reason of drunkenness, derangement of the nervous system and neglect of duty.”
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.
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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