Omaha Mayoral Candidates

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The field is set for Omaha's mayoral election and some big names have thrown their hats into the ring.

This evening Channel 6 News spoke with several candidates about their plan for Omaha's future.

This is a crowded field with several former or current council members, as well as a state senator running and of course Mayor Suttle seeking re-election.

The field is strong, politically experienced and ready for the long haul.

Each of them has a vision for Omaha's future that they feel will resonate with voters.

The last to officially file to become a candidate Dan Welch was the first to have a television ad asking for votes.

Welch has been out of politics for more than three years but feels that gives him a better perspective than the other candidates.

Dan Welch says, "It's becoming a less pro-business town and if you want to bring in people and business and spread the tax burden so none of us have to pay quite as much to live here we're going in the wrong direction."

Senator Brad Ashford believes his time in the Unicameral will help him govern from the center and build bipartisan support for projects.

Brad Ashford says, "I think we need a new wave of optimism in the city. We've done so well business wise; we've got a great business climate here but I sense that we need a new positive attitude, a more positive approach to things."

Back in June Channel 6 News spoke with current council member Jean Stothert about her mayoral campaign.

Her focus is set on tax relief and trust in government.

Jean Stothert says, "I think a real feeling in Omaha that we need new leadership need leadership the people can trust, leadership that keeps their promise and I think that the people in Omaha feel pretty detached right now from what is going on in city government."

All of them feel it's time for a change but Mayor Jim Suttle feels he has lead Omaha through a tough recession and wants to stay in office to continue the work he has started.

In addition to those four candidates Omaha Alliance founder Dave Nabity and perennial mayoral candidate Mort Sullivan are both campaigning for the office.

There is also a Socialist Party Candidate; Maura DeLuca.

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