Candidates Battle Over Votes

The volleys continue to fly in the Omaha Mayoral race as challenger Jean Stothert and Mayor Jim Suttle exchanged words at the latest debate.

This one held at the Omaha Press Club sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

With 17 days left to decide who will be Omaha's next mayor, the proverbial gloves came off right after the pre-debate handshake between Suttle and Stothert.

“My opponent has been the voice of no for the last four years,” Suttle said.

“There was a collective 'no' expressed by the citizens of Omaha, hoping someone would listen to them,” Stothert said.

“My opponent wants to pull the city backwards,” Suttle said.

“Jim Suttle's statements continue to be false and misleading,” Stothert said.

The candidates both promised to use their vision to lead the city for the next four years.

But low voter turnout at the polls for the primary was a major concern they share.

Many who do vote are bothered as well.

“It does me,” Russ Rudeen said. “People don't take enough interest to go out and vote. if you don't vote, don't complain.”

“It always bothers me,” Donna Suhr said. “We have that right and we should use it.”

Donna's husband Paul agreed.

“This is kind of a mid-term election and it was important to cast a ballot for this one too,” he said.

So as the candidates continue to exchange barbs...

“My opponent is taking credit for things my administration has been championing for the last four years,' Suttle said.

“He promised that he would hire his directors at a salary and freeze them for four years,” Stothert said.

There's one message everyone hopes gets through.

“It's a privilege to vote and get out there and vote because so many countries they have nothing to say,” Evelyn Rudeen said. 'In this country you do...use it”

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps said it's too soon for voter turnout projections.

Phipps did say that he wouldn't be surprised if the turnout was 35 to 40 percent.

The election is May 14th.

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