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Mayor Jean Stothert filed official paperwork today to be added to the ballot for this spring’s mayoral election. She is running for “to continue the work I love in a city I love even more. We are moving in the right direction.”
The mayor took the opportunity to restate her commitment to a positive campaign worthy of the city she represents and the people she serves. “People are tired of elections, mistrust and politics in general,” she says. “We will focus on what we’ve accomplished already and what the future holds.” She added that she welcomes opponents and hopes they will take the same vow.
Mayor Stothert’s record includes eight balanced budgets, stable city finances, a reduction in serious crime and a record number of police officers on duty. The mayor championed the $200-million “Road Map to Better Streets” bond which voters overwhelmingly approved last spring. Implementing the new program will be one of the most significant financial and community improvement initiatives in Omaha history. Omaha has bounced back faster than most areas during the pandemic, and economic development projects continue all over the city. In 2019 alone, the city issued building permits valued at over one billion dollars. During her administration, property tax rates have been cut twice.
The mayor acknowledged the challenges and losses of the pandemic, and says she’s proud of how Omahans have persevered and looked out for each other. The city’s economy has bounced back so rapidly she says, that a survey last month named Omaha one of the best places for millennials (age 20-39) to move right now. The cost of living is nearly eight percent below the national level, plus 39% of jobs can be done from home1.
Stothert says she’s excited to see the economic development happening all over the city, from The Riverfront to Elkhorn. “This is all part of Omaha’s future, and every part of the city is important,” she says. “All of these projects, from the Crossroads, to 75 North in North Omaha… all of these signify growth, stability, jobs. It’s part of what makes Omaha such a magnet.”
Stothert made the ballot filing at the Douglas County Election Commission Office. She signed a candidate form, paid the $100 filing fee, and swore to a brief candidate oath administered by Valerie Stoj. City law requires a candidate for mayor to submit signatures of one-thousand registered voters who reside in Omaha as part of the ballot access process. Stothert turned in petitions containing over 1,500 names which will be validated one-by-one, a process expected to take several days.
The primary election will be on April 6, 2021, with the general election five weeks later on May 11, 2021.
Contact: Bev Carlson