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    RJ Neary
    (D)

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    Jean Stothert
    (R)

Biographical Information

What should the city do during the pandemic to help citizens (e.g., mask mandate, employment/work projects, food rent assistance)?

What are examples of police reform you support?

In what specific ways will you work to increase the safety and availability of affordable housing in Omaha?

Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held Neary served 10 years on the City of Omaha’s Planning Board, September 2004 to September 2014. He served as Chair twice: in 2009 and again in 2013.
Education BA in agricultural economics, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Omaha Habitat for Humanity, board member; Catholic Charities Board & Foundation Board; Omaha By Design Steering Committee; Urban Land Institute, member; Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission; Roncalli Catholic High School Board of Trustees; etc.
>Appoint a pandemic czar who will coordinate with UNMC, federal government, public health officials, academic institutions, employers, and other key stakeholders to provide all Omahans with access to resources for COVID-19 recovery >Reallocate 5% of the restaurant tax into the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote Omaha attractions for 2 years up to $4,000,000.00 >Develop a small business recovery task force to build a city-led partnership >Continue mask mandate >Rent / utility relief
We must find a way to reconnect & strengthen neighborhoods. Let's empower neighborhoods to partner with police to help reduce violence where we need this help the most. I would take the lead in providing new funding (not taken from the police budget) to neighborhoods to help them help the police in reducing violence, while also partnering with police to coordinate and deploy best practices. If other innovative ways to reduce crime and keep the community safe are proven, we should look at them.
As mayor I will: • Provide support to current programs that renovate existing housing stocks in order to keep elderly and low-income homeowners in their homes • Create 1,600 affordable housing units in 4 years • Identify more available and entitled sites for workforce housing units • Support and empower neighborhood associations. For example, we should re-allocate the $250,000 neighborhood snow-watching contracts from engineers to One Omaha • Implement High Impact Low Cost projects every year
Current Public Office, dates held Mayor of Omaha since 2013
Past Public Office, dates held Omaha City Council, Four years (2009 – 2013); Millard Board of Education (Omaha, NE) – Appointed 1997 Elected 1998, 2000, and 2004 (Offices held: President (3 years), VP, Secretary, and Treasurer
Education Bachelor in Science from Seattle Pacific University; Registered Nurse - Head nurse and Department Head - Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Louis University. Over 12 years of experience as a critical care nurse and nursing manager.
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience Millard Board of Education, NE Medical Guild, Metropolitan Area Planning Authority, League of Municipalities, American Nurses Association, Salvation Army Board of Directors, NE Humane Society Friend, South Omaha Business Association, Millard Rotary.
Mayor’s COVID Advisory Board has helped make wise decisions. Omaha is distributing over $32 million in aid for rent and utility assistance, small business support, food, and COVID testing. Our 2021 Pandemic Recovery Strategy includes advocacy for vaccines, a mask ordinance and more (jeanstothert.com). Job training and work readiness programs helped lower our unemployment rate to 3.3% after peaking at 10.2%. We are providing the strong education and communication critical for recovery.
Public safety will always be my most important responsibility, including improved training of police officers. Citizens have new ways to file complaints and the Citizen Complaint Review Board produces an annual report. We have reviewed and revised policies, required more law enforcement training, solicited public input, and are creating a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. More highly trained police officers are on the job than ever. All city employees will take bias training.
The city’s role is to create an environment for and support affordable housing. The city offers incentives like density bonuses, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and expanded Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The new TIF policy expands eligibility. Affordable housing projects underway are Nobility Pointe, The Overlook, Davis Ridge, Kennedy Square, and Canopy South, adding 100s of units. We committed to safe, affordable housing with the rental registration and inspection program.