Residents Waiting To See Mayor's Vision For North Omaha

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Residents Waiting To See Mayor's Vision For North Omaha

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Oct 17, 2013
Omaha, NE - On Thursday night, Mayor Jean Stothert will meet with North Omaha residents at the Washington Library to talk about their concerns and how to improve this community's future.
 
"If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem," said North Omaha resident Carl Dailey. "I think if you have a voice you should use it."
 
While he voted in May's mayoral election, Dailey didn't vote for Jean Stothert, but he hasn't written her off.
 
"She's a republican," he said. "She's a female, and she made it. I hope she does good. I wish her well."
 
Dailey, like a lot of Omaha residents are waiting to see what Stothert has planned for North Omaha.
 
Jobs and crime continue to be concerns for people who live in the area.
 
"That's what it all about -- being in tune and more hands on," said Dailey. "I always considered police officers to be something the community needs. What would we do without them?"
 
Marvin Rankin grew up in North Omaha and agrees things need to change.
 
"It's always a good place out here," he said. "There are good people, just a few bad apples. We have to change the way we do things around here."
 
On Thursday night, Stothert will meet for her second town hall in the North 'O' community.
 
"Whatever they ask, whatever their issues are, I'm there to try to answer them," said Stothert. 
 
Dailey said it's still soon to tell the impact Stothert will have on his community, but he said they have to give her a chance. 
 
"Let's see what she can do," he said. "The man before her was a democrat and did the best he could. Maybe change is good."
 

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