Mayoral Race Underway Between Stothert and Suttle
Office is non partisan but political parties are in play.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- It's "game on" for the two candidates who came out on top in the Omaha mayoral primary Tuesday night : Jean Stothert and Mayor Jim Suttle. The two have six weeks of campaigning until the general election, and they're not wasting any time.
In Tuesday's primary Stothert ran away with 34 percent of the vote to Suttle's 24 percent.
Wednesday, she thanked fellow republicans at a Republican Unity Rally in West Omaha. She also picked up two key endorsements, Dan Welch and Dave Nabity, two conservatives who ran against her.
The race is non partisan, but Stothert hopes the momentum from republicans continues onto the general election. 62 percent of mayoral primary votes went to candidates in the republican party.
Suttle says that momentum doesn't hold a candle to his record. He calls himself the progressive candidate and Stothert, the regressive.
"Ask my opponent what she has accomplished, she can't even fill up a half-page, she can't get to a quarter page. She has been the voice of no, I have been the voice of yes," he said.
As for strategy, Stothert says they are door knocking in north Omaha starting Thursday to push her crime plan and talk about how she's against the Suttle taxes.
"I am here to serve the citizens of Omaha, what is important to them is important to me. I want to see progress, I want to see growth. I want to see people want to stay in Omaha. I don't want to see retirees leave because of high taxes and high crime." Stothert said.
Suttle says his campaign is running voter profile analysis on the people who went to the pools for the primary. They are also trying to figure out why some many democrats stayed at home.