Omaha Public Radio News
12:54 am
Thu March 19, 2009

Economy, gun violence hot topics at Mayoral debate

Omaha, NE – Omaha's Mayoral candidates are busy spreading their campaign messages ahead of the April seventh primary.

Mayoral candidates Hal Daub, Jim Suttle and Jim Vokal debated Wednesday night at an event sponsored by the Young Professionals Council. The economy and reducing violence in Omaha were major topics of that debate. Daub, Vokal and Suttle all called for more officers in Omaha's streets. Daub wants to use federal racketeering laws to prosecute gang members. Suttle says the key to reducing violence is to bring more jobs in to north Omaha. Vokal wants more community policing.

The candidates also differed on how to sustain Omaha's economy. Suttle says more industrial-type jobs are needed. Daub says economic development must happen in all areas of the City. Vokal wants economic stimulus money to go toward workforce development programs.

Daub, Suttle, and Vokal, along with Mayoral candidate Randy Brown, also debated Thursday at the Omaha Press Club.