Mayor Jean Stothert today announced key staff appointments in her race for a second term as mayor of Omaha.
“I have been planning for an aggressive and competitive campaign and wanted the ‘A’ team to staff it. I have that in this race. Like all of my campaigns, I’ll run a positive race focused on the issues and the future of Omaha,” Stothert said.
Stothert said her team members all have experience in running campaigns in Omaha.
“My team knows this city; they know the people and voters of Omaha. They are well positioned to discuss our successes, such as balanced budgets, two property tax rate reductions, more police, lower crime rates, a doubling of the street resurfacing budget, and multiple substantial development projects that improve our community and create jobs,” Stothert said. The team includes:
Sam Fischer as campaign manager. Fischer has held leadership roles in campaigns for over 25 years. He started as a telemarketer for the Nebraska Republican Party and rose to become finance director. He held a key field director position in the 2004 re-elect of President George W. Bush, and has served as regional finance director for the Republican National Committee where he spent over 150 days a year on the road. In 2012, Sam was general consultant to the successful re-election effort of U.S. Rep. Lee Terry in Omaha. He is a partner in Meridian Central Public Affairs, a political consulting firm based in Omaha.
Beth Kramer as finance director. Beth has years of experience in campaigns, most recently as campaign manager, based in Omaha, for Sid Dinsdale, who sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014. She was an integral part of Stothert’s 2013 mayoral campaign and has continued since then as its principal fundraiser. Beth is known as a leading fundraiser in Nebraska for political and non-profit organizations, and has extensive involvement with volunteer and community groups in Omaha.
Dave Boomer as communications director. Boomer is best known for managing four of former U.S. Rep. Lee Terry’s winning races in the Omaha-centric second district. He has been press secretary for a U.S. Representative, and has handled press and communications for a federal department, a presidential commission and, for the past 11 years, a Hartford, Conn.-based government relations firm.
Scott Santamaria as field director. In the past eight election cycles, Scott has held a myriad of roles that include campaign manager, political director and field director. In 2006, he served as legislative campaign director for the Nebraska Republican Party after being based in Omaha as political director for David Kramer’s campaign for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. In the recently concluded 2016 cycle, Scott served as deputy state director in Ohio for the Republican National Committee.
Jerry Kratochvil as digital director. Jerry was born and raised in Omaha. He managed Omaha Mayor P.J. Morgan’s re-election campaign and has worked on statewide U.S. Senate campaigns in Nebraska and Iowa. He was also a press secretary in the U.S. Senate. For the past ten years, Kratochvil wrote and edited the LeavenworthSt.com Nebraska political website and hosted The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast. He has taken a leave from the website to work full-time on Stothert’s race.
Bill Protexter as general consultant. Protexter has extensive public sector and political experience, serving as chief of staff to a U.S. Representative and in that same capacity for Omaha Mayor Hal Daub. He was U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s state director and has played a leading role in all of Mayor Stothert’s past races. He is a former executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party and has consulted on and managed numerous political campaigns at all levels.
Fischer was involved in the mayor’s 2013 race and said he was “honored to be working once again for Mayor Jean Stothert. She is a superb public official who puts the needs of the residents of the city front and center. Omaha is really on a roll and is making so much progress in so many important areas. The mayor deserves a lot of the credit for this.”
Stothert announced her intention to run for a second term at an evening event last week at the Scott Conference Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The primary election for mayor will be held April 4 with the general election following on May 9.