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May 12, 2021
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“We did it!”

 

Mayor Stothert won Omaha’s General Election in a landslide on Tuesday, May 11.  The mayor says capturing 67% of the vote validates the initiatives and work that her team has implemented over the past eight years.  Stothert had already made history by becoming Omaha’s first woman mayor. She’s now also the first mayor elected to three terms.  Governor Heineman pointed out the win is even more remarkable considering there are 25,000 more Democrats than Republicans in Omaha.

Here’s a copy of the mayor’s victory speech:

MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT

GENERAL ELECTION REMARKS

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021

HELLO EVERYONE!  THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

WELL, WE DID IT!

AND WE DID IT TOGETHER – THAT’S HOW WE GET THINGS DONE IN OMAHA!

 I LOVE OMAHA AND I LOVE MY JOB, AND MY FAMILY AND I ARE OVERWHELMED WITH TONIGHT’S RESULT.  IT IS A SINCERE HONOR AND VERY HUMBLING.

THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU HERE TONIGHT, AND TO ALL VOTERS ACROSS OUR GREAT CITY.

RJ NEARY CALLED ME MOMENTS AGO TO CONGRATULATE US ON OUR WIN. HE WAS VERY GRACIOUS.

RJ AND HIS FAMILY HAVE DEVOTED SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT IN MAKING OMAHA A BETTER CITY.  HIS EXPERIENCE, PASSION AND IDEAS MADE HIM A VERY WORTHY CANDIDATE.

RUNNING FOR OFFICE IS HARD, AND SO TO RJ AND THOSE WHO SUPPORTED HIM, THANK YOU FOR WORKING SO HARD.

SO, WITH THAT, PLEASE KNOW HOW EXCITED WE ARE TO SERVE OMAHA FOR ANOTHER TERM IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE!!

IT’S ALSO INCREDIBLY SPECIAL TO BE OUR CITY’S FIRST FEMALE MAYOR, AND SOON, START AN UNPRECEDENTED THIRD TERM IN OFFICE.

THE ELECTION OUTCOME IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT VALIDATES THE INITIATIVE AND WORK WE HAVE PUT IN FOR EIGHT YEARS.

SOME SEE FIRST THE CHALLENGES OMAHA FACES – AND THERE ARE MANY.  AND YET, THERE ARE ALSO SO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES.  WE ARE SO HAPPY VOTERS DECIDED THAT WE ARE THE BEST TEAM TO ADDRESS THEM.

TO THOSE WHO VOTED FOR OTHERS – EITHER IN THE PRIMARY OR TODAY – PLEASE KNOW YOUR INPUT AND ENERGY ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR CITY’S SUCCESS.  I PLEDGE TO WORK AS HARD AS EVER TO EARN YOUR TRUST.

I ANNOUNCED FOR RE-ELECTION LAST NOVEMBER, JUST AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

AT MY ANNOUNCEMENT, I SAID PEOPLE WERE TIRED OF NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNS AND THAT I PLANNED TO RUN A 100% POSITIVE CAMPAIGN ABOUT OUR IDEAS AND THE FUTURE OF OMAHA.

I SENSED SOME IN THE NEWS MEDIA THAT DAY DOUBTED IT; MAYBE A LOT OF PEOPLE DID.

BUT I AM PROUD TO SAY WE RAN OUR RACE 100% POSITIVE IN ALL AREAS.

THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT.  THAT’S WHAT THEY EXPECT.  AND THAT IS THE OMAHA WAY!

THE NATION CAN LOOK TO OMAHA AND SEE IT’S POSSIBLE TO RUN A WINNING RACE WITH A POSITIVE, ISSUES-BASED CAMPAIGN.

MANY OF THE QUESTIONS AND ISSUES WE FACED IN THIS ELECTION WERE DIFFERENT; EVEN FROM THOSE FOUR YEARS AGO.

THE PANDEMIC BROUGHT CHALLENGES AND ISSUES NEVER FACED IN AN ELECTION IN MODERN TIMES.  AND WHILE THINGS HAVE IMPROVED – AND WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON COVID – REST ASSURED THIS FORMER NURSE WILL MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FULLY RECOVER.

WE ALSO EXTENSIVELY DISCUSSED MATTERS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RACIAL EQUALITY AND ALL THE ISSUES THOSE TOPICS TOUCH.

WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AND AN OBLIGATION TO IMPROVE AND DO BETTER, AND I KNOW WE CAN.

THAT’S BECAUSE OMAHA IS A COMMUNITY OF TOLERANCE AND GOOD WILL.  I KNOW GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND SOLUTIONS WILL COME FROM ALL OF US.  LET’S WORK HARD ON THESE ISSUES TOGETHER AND MAKE OUR GREAT CITY…EXTRAORDINARY.

MY PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS ARE CLEAR: COVID IS STILL WITH US AND OUR WORK TO STOP IT AND ADDRESS ITS MANY HEALTH, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL EFFECTS IS CRITICAL.  THERE IS MUCH MORE TO BE DONE.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE OMAHA A SAFER COMMUNITY AND MAKE A VERY GOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT EVEN BETTER.  PUBLIC SAFETY IS OUR MOST CRITICAL OBLIGATION, AND I AM CONFIDENT IN THE PROGRESS WE WILL MAKE.

WITH OVERWHELMING VOTER APPROVAL OF OUR ROADS BOND ISSUE LAST YEAR, ROAD RESURFACING AND REPAIR HAS NOW DOUBLED.  AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT OUR CITY STREETS WILL IMPROVE EVERY YEAR.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS WE CAN IS POSSIBLE ONLY WITH AN INTENSE FOCUS ON THE CITY BUDGET AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHOSE MONEY IT IS WE ARE SPENDING.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB GROWTH TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW IN OMAHA IS UNPRECEDENTED.  THERE ARE MORE PROJECTS TO COME AND MANAGING THE CITY’S ROLE IN ALL THESE INCREDIBLE PROJECTS WILL BE MY RESPONSIBILITY.

ALL OUR CITY SERVICES ARE IMPORTANT TO EACH CITIZEN – CITY PARKS, RECREATION CENTERS, LIBRARIES, FIRE AND AMBULANCE, TRASH, RECYCLING, AND MANY MORE…WE ARE DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE TAXPAYER EXPERIENCE FOR SERVICES YOU FUND.

AND FINALLY, DURING THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, WE WILL FURTHER ENHANCE OMAHA’S REPUTATION.  OURS WILL BE AN EVEN MORE INCLUSIVE CITY; ONE THAT WELCOMES EVERYONE AND WHERE EVERYONE FEELS AT HOME.

TONIGHT, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK. THIS IS JUST AS MUCH YOUR WIN, AND I AM PROUD WE SHARE IT TONIGHT.

GOVERNOR HEINEMAN, AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP.  I ALSO SEE LOTS OF VERY FAMILIAR FACES IN THE AUDIENCE…LIKE MAYOR HAL DAUB AND MARY.  HAL AND MARY WERE THE FIRST ONES TO ENDORSE ME FOR MAYOR BACK IN JUNE OF 2012…SEE WHAT YOU DID?

FOR ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR EFFORT WITH YOUR TIME; OUR GREAT VOLUNTEERS, THANK YOU!

OTHERS HOSTED NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS, CONTRIBUTED TO OUR EFFORTS, OR APPEARED IN OUR GREAT TV ADS…THANK YOU FOR THAT TOO!

WE HAD A LOT OF GREAT TALENT ON THE CAMPAIGN STAFF AS WELL. I WANT OUR CAMPAIGN MANAGER, DAVE BOOMER, TO WAVE HELLO.  WITH BOOMER, THE TRAINS ALWAYS RAN ON-TIME AND SO THANK YOU DAVE AND THERESA.

FOR OUR OTHER CAMPAIGN STAFF…THEY DESERVE FAR MORE BUT LET ME MENTION THEM BY NAME.  EACH OF YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE TO US.  SO, THANK YOU TO:

DAVE,  BETH, SAM, BEV, MICHAEL, SAMMI, JACOB, TIM, JEANIE, BILL, AND OUR MEDIA TEAM, LED BY LARRY AND CARLOS

WE DID THINGS DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR AND BROUGHT ON INTERNS WHO WORKED EXTREMELY HARD FOR MANY MONTHS.

IF YOU RECEIVED A PHONE CALL OR A KNOCK AT YOUR DOOR FROM OUR CAMPAIGN, IT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

BRYCE

CAMERON

CHRISTOPHER

RUBY

COLE

LENA (LEE-NUH)

ELIJAH

BEN

BRINLEY

ASHLEY

HANNAH

GRACE

HELENA, AND

HAILLI (HAY-LEE)

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS GROUP AND OUR OTHER VOLUNTEERS DID IN THIS RACE.  THEY MADE 27,000 DOOR TO DOOR CONTACTS

122,000 PHONE CALLS

AND 42,000 TEXT MESSAGES

PLEASE HELP ME THANK THEM!  (APPLAUD)

YOU ARE ALL ROCK STARS, AND YOU MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE.  PLEASE STAY ACTIVE IN THIS CRAZY BUSINESS; IT’S HOW WE LEAD AND MAKE AMERICA BETTER.

SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME, “DO YOUR JOB WELL AND THE POLITICS WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.”

WELL, THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ME EVERY DAY “DO OUR JOB WELL” – MANY OF THEM FOR ALL EIGHT YEARS – HAVE EARNED OUR THANKS TOO.  OUR MAYOR’S OFFICE STAFF AND DIRECTORS, AND ALL WHO WORK FOR THE CITY AND DO A GREAT JOB, THANK YOU!

LASTLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT TO THANK MY FAMILY…LIZ, TOM, ANDREW…FOUR GRANDSONS.

OUR CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE SOME NEW MEMBERS AND WE CONGRATULATE AND WELCOME ALL WHO WON.  FROM MY TIME AS A COUNCILMEMBER AND NOW AS MAYOR, I BELIEVE WE’VE SHOWN WE WORK WELL WITH EVERYONE ON THE COUNCIL, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CONTINUING.

BEING MAYOR IS EXCITING.  IT INVIGORATES ME BECAUSE I KNOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

PLEASE KNOW HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THIS GREAT CITY.

OMAHA’S MOMENTUM IS BACK, AND OUR CITY WILL BE BETTER THAN EVER.

I’LL WORK HARD FOR YOU TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS!

THANK YOU, OMAHA!

You can watch a recording of the live events from the evening on the campaign Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JeanforMayor. 

Bev

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