ELECTION 2021: Councilwoman Melton defeats challenger Sara Kohen; Mayor Stothert wins third term

In the Dist. 2 City Council race, Juanita Johnson has defeated Ben Gray
Published: May. 11, 2021 at 8:10 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Councilman Ben Gray on Thursday congratulated challenger Juanita Johnson on her win Thursday and said he had no plans for what comes next but that he wouldn’t stop working in the community.

“You’re going to see me as much as you have — maybe a little bit more,” he said.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. As of 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, here’s where the latest results on the most-watched city races stand.

Omaha Mayor

Incumbent Jean Stothert was leading challenger RJ Neary, 67% to 33%.

Neary sent a concession statement out just before 10 p.m. Tuesday:

Omaha City Council

In Dist. 2, incumbent Councilman Ben Gray has lost to challenger Juanita Johnson, 44% to 56%.

In Dist. 3 and Dist. 5, voters made their pick in races with no incumbent.

  • Dist. 3: Danny Begley leads Cammy Watkins, 54% to 46%.
  • Dist. 5: Patrick Leahy trails Don Rowe, 45% to 55%.

The Dist. 7 primary election saw a slim margin between incumbent Aimee Melton and challenger Sara Kohen. The latest results had Melton leading Kohen, 53% to 47%.

Just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kohen sent out a concession statement:

Incumbents in the remaining council races handily defeated their challengers:

  • Dist. 1: Incumbent Councilman Pete Festersen beat challenger Sarah Johnson, 63% to 37%.
  • Dist. 4: Incumbent Councilman Vinny Palermo beat challenger Becky Barrientos-Patlan, 61% to 39%.
  • Dist. 6: Incumbent Councilman Brinker Harding beat challenger Naomi Hattaway, 65% to 35%.

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