Mayor Jim Suttle Concedes Race on Election Night
By Meghan Matthews. CREATED May 15, 2013
Omaha, NE - "I learned a long time ago that in order to be a good winner, you have to learn to be a good loser. Tonight, we lost."
Before all the votes had been tallied, Mayor Jim Suttle knew election night, for him, was over. His stunned watch party quietly listened during the final sign off. Suttle thanked his family, his campaign and his supporters.
"We had a heck of a team, and we did a lot of things of solving problems for this great city and tonight we stand proud on our accomplishments."
The night at the Firefighters Union Hall ended early. It could be seen on faces in the crowd, Suttle supporters shocked. They hoped their candidate would pull through.
"We waited for the second one just to see what it would tell us and it told us more of the same thing so I went ahead and called Jean about 9:00 and we had nice conversation, I told her we need to get together on Friday and we'll start the process to transition to her and her team."
Suttle tipped his hat off to his opponent, Jean Stothert, who took the votes to win the seat with 57% to Suttle's 42%.
"Our city has so much potential. We have to come together as a people and make sure that we are positioning Omaha as the number one through the rest of this decade."
Suttle says his legacies as mayor are saving the city from financial chaos and 104 days of flood. Now he says, the people have spoken and it's time to move forward.