Omaha Mayor's Race

UNO Gateway

Republican incumbent Jean Stothert has sailed to a third term as Omaha's mayor, capturing the vote 2-to-1 over Democratic challenger and commercial real estate broker RJ Neary in Tuesday's city election. Neary conceded the race by 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Stothert declaring in her victory speech that she would be focused on continuing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and making the city more inclusive and safe. The 67-year-old Stothert pushed through her campaign following the death of her husband of 40 years in March.


Democrat RJ Neary will face incumbent Republican Mayor Jean Stothert in the May 11 election. The Douglas County Election Commission on Friday announced the results after counting 12,000 absentee ballots. The top two vote getters in Omaha’s city primary elections move on the general election. A total of 85,096 people voted in the primary on Tuesday. Unofficial results showed Stothert, who is seeking a third term, received 47,966 votes. Neary, a commercial real estate broker, received 13,162 votes. Three other Democrats ran in the primary election. 

Omaha World Herald

Voters in Omaha will head to the polls Today for city primary elections that will whittle down the field of those in the mayoral race. Five candidates are vying for the post of mayor, while 29 candidates are seeking City Council seats. The top two candidates in each primary race advance to the May 11 general election. Among those seeking the top spot of mayor is incumbent Jean Stothert, a Republican seeking her third term in office who leads the field in fundraising, with more than $380,000 cash on hand.

Early In-Person Voting Deadline Soon For Omaha Primary

Mar 30, 2021
Civic Nebraska

Omaha's early in-person voting deadline is approaching.  Registered voters have until Monday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. to cast an in-person ballot in advance of Omaha's primary election.   The Douglas County Election Commission office is offering extended office hours on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for early voting.   Omaha's primary election is next Tuesday, April 6th. 

Marietta Daily Journal

Omaha’s mayor says she’ll return to work and seek reelection after her husband, a prominent local surgeon, died earlier this month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mayor Jean Stothert on Tuesday thanked the public and her campaign opponents for their support following the death of her husband, Dr. Joseph Stothert. She says he would have wanted her to continue as mayor and recalled how he joined her door-knocking campaigns, her town hall events and her annual State of the City addresses. She says her children, Elizabeth Leddy and Dr. Andrew Stothert, have also encouraged her to run.

Mayor Suspends Re-election Campaign In Wake Of Tragedy

Mar 9, 2021

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is putting her reelection campaign on hold temporarily.  Stothert's office announced yesterday that the mayor is pausing all campaign activities following the death of her husband.  Dr. Joe Stothert was found dead on Friday at the family's home in southwest Omaha, and no foul play is suspected. 

Kruse Says Impact of National Interest In Mayoral Race Hard to Predict

Apr 27, 2017

Tuesday, May 9th, is Omaha’s general election, and Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse, says Omaha’s Mayoral race has been called “nationalized,” for the first time.