Jean Stothert learned growing up the value of hard work.
A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Jean began her career in nursing. Her 12 years of experience as a critical care nurse and nursing manager included serving as head nurse and Department Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Louis University. She was responsible for her department budgeting, hiring, and staff management. She also learned an important lesson as a nurse: in order to lead you first must listen.
After moving to Omaha with husband Joe, daughter Elizabeth and son Andrew, Jean was appointed to the Millard School Board in 1997, elected and re-elected for three terms, including 3 years as president of the board. In 2009, Jean was elected to the Omaha City Council.
Jean's years in the private sector, along with 14 years of service in elected positions in Omaha, make her unique among the others running. From the practical and real life work of managing a hospital department -- finance, hiring and planning -- Jean has the background and knowledge to manage city government as mayor on day one.
Most importantly, Jean knows that government didn't build this great city. Our businesses, our families, our communities and institutions - they are the ones who make Omaha what it is today.
With new leadership and a conservative approach to government, Jean believes we can re-energize Omaha's businesses and neighborhoods. As our next mayor, Jean will modernize city government, bring union pensions in line with the private sector, and lower taxes.
Jean and Joe Stothert have been married for 32 years. Joe is a trauma physician at UNMC. They have two children. Elizabeth, age 26, is a graduate of Creighton University and earned and MBA from Bellevue University. Andrew, age 24, is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan. He is currently a Ph.D student at the University of South Florida and has earned a Masters of Sciences degree, also from South Florida. Both graduated from Millard Public Schools.