Candidates operating for Omaha Mayor signatures

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Mayor of Omaha race heats up as the Democrats line up against incumbent Jean Stothert.

RJ Neary filed 1,400 signatures with the Douglas County Commission this afternoon to put his name on the ballot.

This is the first time Neary is running for public office. However, he was a member of the Omaha Planning Board.

“I’ve spent 40 years in all parts of Omaha solving problems,” said Neary. It is my time to serve. “

The chairman of Investors Realty, a commercial real estate company, says his campaign raised $ 300,000 to get his message across.

“Our town and small businesses have been decimated,” said Neary. We have restaurants that close left and right. It is more than just closing restaurants, they are the fabric of our society. “

If elected, he says one of his keys will be a plan to start small businesses after COVID.

“I will not do politics with COVID. I’m not going to have a policy of trash and recycling, said Neary. I want a city where our young people want to live. “

Omaha’s first mayor and Republican Jean Stothert believes her record speaks for itself as she seeks a third term.

From asking for a loan to repairing the city’s long-neglected streets to being transparent to taxpayers during the pandemic.

“COVID is not a Democratic or Republican issue, and we have not made any politics with it,” said Stothert. I have worked tirelessly with experts from Nebraska Medicine and Dr. Adi Pour worked together. “

In addition to RJ Neary, 10 more could be elected mayor in April. Most of them are Democrats.

Kimara Snipes is another Democrat who filed signatures for the mayor last month.

“I have a long history of engagement,” said Snipes. I am the leader of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and an educator. I have a long history of commitment and experience. “

The board members of Small Business Omaha and OPS believe she has the best chance of beating an incumbent.

“I’m offering a contrast to taxpayers and I don’t think they deserve a third term,” said Snipes. “Omaha cannot become a 21st century city with 20th century politics.”

All candidates have until March 5th to collect valid signatures and vote.

Mayor Jean Stothert tells 6 News that she plans to give her collected signatures on Thursday.

It’s officially a non-partisan race, so the top two voters will compete against each other a few weeks later in April.

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