Omaha Mayor Stothert focuses re-election campaign on “human issues”
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – If re-elected, Jean Stothert would become Omaha’s longest-serving mayor in modern history.
Eight years ago she was the first woman to run the city.
“I don’t want the third term to write history. I want the third term to end many of the things I started. We have great momentum. We are on the right path. “
The past year has been perhaps the hardest managing the budget of the 41st largest city in the country during a pandemic.
“I have spoken about my four main goals from the start: public safety, careful management of the city’s budget, job creation and economic development. The taxpayer experience – that’s what I’ve focused on and made improvements in all four areas. And now I’ve added a fifth: pandemic recovery, ”she said.
The problems of picking up the garbage and repairing the streets have sometimes doomed a mayor’s bid for re-election. Stothert says she’s not worried about this, especially after voters approved $ 200 million in street bonds.
“We found a permanent solution. The voters approved it with an overwhelming majority, ”said Stothert. “We will be able to reappear twice as many streets as in the past. We added 59 road projects that are a direct result of the bond issue. People will see road construction everywhere and that we are permanently repairing it and not just wasting taxpayers money, but only repairing potholes. “
While the race for Omaha mayor is non-partisan, Jean Stothert is the only Republican in the race to face four Democratic challengers. She thinks many voters don’t see it that way; They just want parks in good condition, the rubbish picked up, potholes repaired – that sort of thing.
“These are not democratic or republican issues, these are human issues. It makes people’s lives better in Omaha every day, and that’s what I can deliver. “
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“When I talk to my high school graduates, they don’t tell me they aren’t smart enough to go to college – they know they are. It is that they are afraid of debt. You have seen what debt can do to people. And they don’t want that – and I can respect that. “
“Change is always uncomfortable. But in order for everyone to have an Omaha that will work, we need to open up to the inconvenience and think about how we can create change and make it better for everyone, regardless of their zip code. “
“I asked people what they would like to change in the city of Omaha, and it was ‘a less separate and just city’. Almost every door. “
“It’s about being connected to the community, understanding what the community wants, and having the integrity to do the right thing even when it’s difficult.”