David Mitchell makes Omaha City Council ballot despite upcoming legal battles
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The field is set for the Omaha City Council elections but one candidate who will fight for a seat is also fighting serious criminal charges.
Talking with 6 News about his legal battle, David Mitchell — on the ballot for City Council in Omaha’s second district — said he believes he can help north Omaha.
“Whatever I can do to help to bring better education, better economics to our community is something I really want to help and repair. My biggest thing right now is also justice system reform,” he said.
Mitchell said he plans to bring change to north Omaha. But right now, there is a legal cloud hanging over his head.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told 6 News that Mitchell faces very serious charges.
“He has one count of burglary, a pending charge, and one count of sexual assault — they’re both felonies,” Kleine said.
Last fall, Mitchell was arrested and walked out of an Omaha City Council meeting by law enforcement and charged with first-degree sexual assault of a minor for incidents that allegedly occurred in 2014.
Mitchell also is accused of burglary in a separate matter.
“Of course, it’s going to affect my campaign — being honest about it — because they did this in a strategic maneuver in order to destroy my campaign,” Mitchell said.
Legal officials say if found guilty, the burglary charge carries a sentence of zero to 20 years, the sex assault charge one to 50.
Mitchell said his campaign will move on. He wants to bring business to north Omaha. Right now, he is in the process of opening a video game store near 50th and Ames streets. He also plans to hire six employees.
“That’s something I want to do — to be able to hire the people within the community and to have something here so people can know I’m serious,” Mitchell said.
Right now, a jury trial on the sexual assault charge is scheduled for April 16, 10 days after the city primary. Mitchell said he will be proven not guilty.
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