Those heading up the recall of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle say they are gaining steam in their efforts to remove him from office. Co-spokesperson Nichole Jesse says she hears how upset residents are on a daily basis. She is manager of La Casa’s Pizzeria and says her customers are not shy about speaking out. Most are very upset about the two-and-a-half cent tax that is added onto restaurant and bar tabs.
“This is probably the most disgruntled I have ever seen with people speaking out about how unhappy they are with the current state of affairs in the city of Omaha.”
Jesse says they are receiving calls from other restaurant owners and managers saying they will be happy to have petition circulators visit their businesses to collect signatures from their patrons.
“I know we are anticipating the restaurant campaign alone will probably garner at least one-third of all the votes we will need.”
Jesse says petition circulators need together just under 27-thousand valid signatures to force the recall. She doesn’t think that is going to be a problem.
“I actually think that is going to be much higher than anticipated.”
Recall committee members will be collecting the petitions on Thursday and circulators will then start gathering signatures.