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Mayor Jean Stothert announces she will seek a third term

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert officially declared her candidacy for a third term this afternoon.

The city’s first female mayor made the announcement from her campaign headquarters in northwest Omaha.

After serving eight years in office, 6 News asked whether she had any second thoughts about running again.

“I feel like I just got started,” Stothert said. “There are so many things that we have started, and this great team that I have — and I will say it’s one of the best teams that we’ve ever had, from my staff to all the department heads. And we have achieved so much. We have so many things we started; I really want to see them through and make sure we remain successful. And that I could be there to see these things through to the end — so it was not a hard decision for me at all.”

Besides Stothert, there are six other campaigns that have taken out petitions to gather 1,000 signatures in order to appear on the April primary ballot.

Two on the list are current elected officials: James Cavanaugh, a Douglas County Commissioner; and Kimara Snipe, a member of the Omaha Public Schools board of education. Two others announced their candidacy earlier this year: Mark Gudgel and Jasmine Harris.

With the deadline to file in March, more are likely to join the list of potential candidates.

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