At an afternoon news conference on the second floor patio of Blatt Beer & Table in North Downtown, with Omaha’s beautiful skyline as a backdrop, Mayor Jean Stothert summed up her four years in office by saying “Omaha is back.” She also played her closing TV ad where looking direct-to-camera she states:
Omaha’s come a long way in the last four years.
We’re a thriving, safer and more affordable community.
We did it the right way:
By cutting taxes, creating thousands of jobs, adding police officers.
And spending more than ever to fill potholes and fix roads.
Omaha is being recognized as a great American city.
And the best is yet to come.
Together, we’ll make Omaha an even better place to live.
I’m Jean Stothert and I’d be honored to have your vote.
See the ad here:
The ad uses visuals of several different settings to show the mayor talking with friends and residents; potholes are filled, police and a factory are shown. Several ratings, including one that pegs Omaha as the best Midwestern city, are shown. The ad also notes the endorsement of Stothert by The Omaha World-Herald.
Under the mayor’s leadership, 406 lane miles of roads have been resurfaced, a distance equivalent to driving from Omaha to St. Louis. The city is safer with significant declines in homicides and gun-related crimes. 56 police officers have been added to the force. Property tax rates have been cut twice. In every year, the mayor has delivered balanced budgets even after inheriting budget deficits in 2013 and 14. Over 56,000 building permits have been issued with a value of $2.92 billion. New development projects are in the works all throughout Omaha. The city’s population is growing, 12,000 jobs have been added the past four years while the city has become a mecca for millennials.
The mayor formally announced her candidacy for a second term on Nov. 14 by saying “Omaha is on the right track.” She added today that four years of her policies and programs mean the city has moved beyond the not-too-distant past of budget deficits, tax increases, spikes in crime, exorbitant labor deals, recalls, chaos in city hall and lost jobs and opportunity.
“Omaha is back,” she said while appealing to Omaha voters to vote early or go to the polls on May 9 “to keep our wonderful city moving forward, and not let it go backwards.”