Mayor responds to recall campaign in letter to election commissioner

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Mayor Jean Stothert is responding to a rekindled recall effort as the campaign moves forward without its original organizer.

Mayor Stothert released a statement Monday in the form of a letter to Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse defending her job as mayor.

The letter states, “Omaha is safe, economically strong and well-managed. We have one of the best police and fire departments anywhere; historic high number of sworn police officers, and lowest number of homicides in 13 years. I have lowered property tax rates, tripled road repair funding, budgeted $320 million for new road infrastructure. We operate ethically, transparently and solicit input from taxpayers.”

Eric Scott started the recall group before stepping away early last week.

One of the big concerns from the group is the condition of city streets.

The group responded on its Facebook page letting people know they would soon announce where they can pick up a petition.

Petition organizers need to collect nearly 35,000 valid signatures.

The letter to the Election Commissioner is the mayor’s first response to the recall effort.

The last time an Omaha mayor was recalled from office was in 1987 when voters removed Mayor Mike Boyle in the middle of his second term.

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