(Omaha) – Legendary union leader Terry Moore says he’s a proud Democrat, but can support Republican candidates who demonstrate concern for working families. For this, and for her leadership, Moore announced today he’s endorsing Mayor Stothert’s re-election. In addition, Nebraska Public Employees, Local 251, cited the mayor’s commitment to passing the 200-million dollar street bond as a major factor in their support of the mayor. Local 251 represents City of Omaha employees.
“Progress requires ongoing commitment and steady leadership,” says Terry Moore, longtime leader of the Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “For the Omaha we love and the Omaha we envision, I endorse the re-election of Mayor Jean Stothert.”
Moore is the President Emeritus of the labor organization, and the longest serving Federation president in U.S history. For decades, he was the voice of Omaha labor, and now in his late 70s, he remains engaged as a labor expert at UNO. Moore cites two major reasons for his support of the mayor: the expansion of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the rebirth of downtown and the RiverFront Project. Moore says the Gene Leahy Mall is getting “fresh life” under Stothert’s leadership.
Tony Burkhalter leads Local 251. He says their membership chose to endorse the mayor because of her spirit of collaboration. Burkhalter said “When city employees are included at the table, a wealth of knowledge and experience can help shape procedures and policies that result in cost savings and better service to the public.”
Stothert has also been endorsed by the 1,000 member Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the Omaha Police Officers Association.
Mayor Stothert thanked the labor leaders for their support and the chance to have worked so well with them for years.
On April 6, the mayor won 6 of 7 city districts in the five-candidate primary election with 57% of the total vote. The news conference (available on FB live) ended with a preview of Stothert’s latest campaign commercial, “Future.” The ad, both :60s and :30s, begin Friday and will be available to view at jeanstothert.com.
Mail ballots to those who requested them were sent out beginning April 26. The general election is May 11.