Jean Stothert wins re-election as Omaha mayor. She says she is ready to be done with the campaign and get back to business.
Stothert says, “All together, we will continue the important work of making Omaha safe, vibrant, financially strong and inclusive.” She says there are many projects yet to be done that include better streets, public safety, enhance transportation projects and greater neighborhood support. She is also looking forward to getting to work on the riverfront as a signature area and making Omaha more welcoming to all.
Challenger, former State Senator Heath Mello called Stothert around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to concede the race. Mello took to the stage and thanked all of his supporters saying, “Because of your support we were able to start some very difficult conversations and we were able, I believe, to bring more people into the political process who were looking for hope. Looking for a different direction. Looking to find a way to provide change – not just here in Omaha but around the country.” Mello also said he would continue to work in the months and years ahead to help make Omaha a more innovative city.
The unofficial results from the Douglas County Election Commission showed Stothert received 53% of the vote and Mello 46%. In the race for city council, incumbents won in five districts and two newcomers elected to office.