Omaha Mayoral Candidates Debate

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Friday is the deadline for voter registration for the April primary. The five major candidates for Omaha mayor shared a stage Thursday night on UNO’s technology campus.

The first question centered on the pension shortfall and the police and fire union contracts. Here are some of the responses:

“When I was on the City Council, everyone knows when I was on the City Council I was the first and loudest opponent of these pensions and these contracts,” said Dan Welch.

“This contract was a good contract,” said Jean Stothert. “If we would have rejected the contract, it would have been back to court and back to the 2004 contract."

“I think you have to ask yourself why five members of the council would reject a perfectly good fire contract that matched the police contract of eight months before,” said Mayor Jim Suttle.

“My biggest concern’s about the people who have been running the city is they haven't done their homework and studied the labor contracts of other cities,” said Dave Nabity.

“That's the same sort of approach we need to take with city government,” said Brad Ashford. “All the state pensions are in good shape."

The primary is April 2. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The top two vote-getters move on to the general election May 14.

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