(Omaha) – The Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) has endorsed Mayor Jean Stothert for re-election. The union representing Omaha’s rank and file police officers pointed to the mayor’s record of leadership and accomplishment in making the endorsement, which was unanimous vote.
During a news conference at Stothert’s campaign headquarters, OPOA President Sergeant Anthony Conner said, “This endorsement is well earned and deserved, in full recognition of Mayor Stothert’s commitment to the safety of our citizens and to the men and women of law enforcement. When our mayor, our police chief, and our members work together to find common ground, the city and its citizens stand to benefit. And I believe the working relationship we’ve enjoyed with Mayor Stothert is and should be a model for the country.”
Conner said Mayor Stothert has been unafraid to stand with officers and do all that is necessary to ensure the protection of our families, our neighborhoods, and our businesses – even in difficult times like 2020. He said serving as a police officer would be nearly impossible without the support of elected leaders like Mayor Stothert.
The Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) remained neutral in 2017 and endorsed the incumbent in 2013.
Mayor Stothert thanked OPOA leaders and members for their support and called the endorsement gratifying, both personally and for the campaign.
“I have had the honor of getting to know so many officers, and they are wonderful,” said Stothert. “Public safety is the most important part of my job as mayor and it is an honor to work with the men and women of the Omaha Police Department. In the time we have worked together the progress we have made has been remarkable. The credit goes to these officers, department leadership, and our community partners.”
Stothert says her goal is to make a very good police department even better, and cited the following statistics:
- More highly trained police officers are on the job now than ever before.
- 100 new officer positions since becoming mayor.
- Annual crime numbers for the most serious crimes (Part 1 offenses) are the lowest in a decade, even as our city has grown.
- More crimes are being solved now than in the past.
- Police response times for 911 calls have improved and are now better than we’ve seen in over 10 years.
- Officer-involved shootings are the lowest on record.
The mayor also restated her long-time policy of not accepting campaign financial contributions from city unions that endorse her. The primary election will be on April 6, 2021, with the general election five weeks later on May 11, 2021.