The race for Omaha Mayor now has five candidates.
State Senator Brad Ashford kicked off his Mayoral campaign Tuesday. Ashford says one initiative he’d support as Mayor is the merger of the city of Omaha and Douglas County’s governments. "With one board for the entire county, we can more efficiently, I think, address the needs of the citizens. Each city-county merger plan across the country is its own plan, it’s developed by talking to people, by talking to community leaders, many of the city-county merger plans retain the independent status of the small communities, and I imagine that would be the case here."
Ashford serves on the Unicameral’s Judiciary Committee. He says a three-part approach of enforcement, intervention, and suppression is needed to address crime in Omaha. He says that discussion should also include the role of truancy intervention in keeping young people off the streets.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is running for re-election. Former Omaha City Councilman Dan Welch, and current City Councilwoman Jean Stothert, are also running for Mayor, as is businessman Dave Nabity. The city’s primary election is April 2nd, 2013.