Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says Mayor Jean Stothert has repeatedly proven that she’s the best choice to lead the city and is endorsing her campaign for re-election.
“The question may arise, why endorse now? Especially since I have consistently stayed away from political endorsements,” said Schmaderer. “We are in a unique time for policing in our country, and the mayor has given me autonomy and support in three key areas: to be progressive and move the police department forward, to be supportive when I hold officers accountable, and her overall support of the Omaha Police Department. These three pillars of leadership are rare and imperative in moving forward.”
Earlier this month, other key law enforcement leaders applauded the mayor’s commitment to public safety and putting the well-being of Omaha citizens first. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Omaha Police Officers Association, and former Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning have all endorsed Mayor Stothert.
The mayor thanked Chief Schmaderer for his support and declared that Omaha has the “best police chief in the nation,” said Stothert. “I am proud of you. I am honored to have your endorsement and to work with you every day to make Omaha a safer city.”
Stothert pointed out that before the pandemic, rates for homicides and shootings were the lowest they’ve been, and are now approaching those levels once again. “Omahans have told us that public safety is their priority. In the next four years, we will further reduce the incidence of crime, especially violent crime.”
Included in her plans for another term, expanding the mental health co-responder program so more resources are directed at mental illness and its impact on illegal behavior; hiring a more diverse police force; and providing easier ways to make reports about law enforcement conduct.
On April 6, the mayor won 6 of 7 city districts in the the primary election with 57% of the total vote, defeating the second place challenger by nearly 43%. Despite her strong early showing, Mayor Stothert reiterated that her campaign will not coast until the general election. Just this past week, Stothert’s field staff and volunteers reached out to 20,995 households by phone or in person.
The news conference (available on FB live) ended with a preview of Stothert’s latest campaign commercial, “Town Hall,” in which the mayor outlines her priorities. The ad begins today and can also been seen at jeanstothert.com.
Ballots for the general election will be mailed on April 26, with the general election on May 11.