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(Omaha) – Key leaders tasked with keeping Omahans safe have endorsed Mayor Jean Stothert’s campaign for re-election.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and former Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning today applauded the mayor’s commitment to public safety and to putting the well-being of Omaha citizens first.
“Jean Stothert has been an outstanding leader for the city of Omaha,” says Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. “She has made public safety her top priority, and I believe the people of Omaha can count on Mayor Stothert to continue to do so in her next term. She showed outstanding leadership during last summer’s disturbances and helped bring it to an early end.”
Former Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said, “Mayor Stothert has demanded excellence from her department. She is the only candidate in the race that not only mentions her support for public safety, but has demonstrated that support over and over for the past eight years.”
Today’s news conference was led by Sergeant Anthony Conner, president of the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA). OPOA endorsed the mayor last month.
“Mayor Stothert has been unafraid to stand with our officers and do all that is necessary to ensure the protection of our families, our neighborhoods, and our businesses – even in difficult times,” said Sgt. Conner.
Mayor Stothert thanked the Fraternal Order of Police, both the Nebraska and local chapter, for their support. She also reiterated her public safety commitments for the next four years:
- Further reducing the incidence of crime, especially violent crime;
- Expanding the department’s mental health co-responder program so more resources are directed at mental illness and its impact on illegal behavior;
- Providing the best equipment possible, like body-worn cameras, so officers can do their job effectively and with greater transparency;
- Hiring a more diverse police force;
- Building stronger community and officer relationships; and,
- Providing citizens a better way to voice issues regarding law enforcement conduct.
The news conference ended with a preview of Stothert’s third campaign commercial, “Tony’s Recovery,” which tells the story of Sergeant Conner’s fight with COVID. The 30- and 60-second commercials begin airing today and can be seen at jeanstothert.com. The primary election will be on April 6, 2021, with the general election five weeks later on May 11, 2021.