It is Primary Election day in Omaha. The two top finishers in the mayoral and city council races will advance to the General Election in May. University of Nebraska – Omaha Political Scientist Paul Landow says there are many new faces showing up in the races for city council.
Landow says, “That indicates that young people may be re-engaging and also some of these young people may have a future in politics. I don’t see them beating the incumbents today. Once the interest is sparked the interest sticks around and they may be future office holders.” There are seven city council districts and four of those running are incumbents.
The race for Omaha’s mayor has been a bit heated at times. Incumbent Mayor Jean Stothert has four opponents, including former State Senator Heath Mello. Others running for mayor include Taylor Royal, Christopher Geary and Ean Mikale.
The Douglas County Election Commission predicts a 23% voter turnout today.