Wednesday, March 18, 2009
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Join young professionals 40 and under from across the city for the Young Professionals Mayoral Debate. This is an opportunity to meet with and get to know candidates while learning about their positions on community issues.
The evening will include a meet and greet prior to the debate and then a reception following where you will be able to network and visit with the candidates.
There is no cost to attend this event. Free garage parking is available across the street from the tower.
This event is hosted by All About Omaha, Next Generation Omaha, Omaha Jaycees, Urban League Young | Professionals, Young Jewish Omaha and the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professionals Council.
The event is sponsored by Cox, Omaha World-Herald, Q3 Systems and Union Bank & Trust Company.Location Information
UNMC Durham Research Center
45th and Emile streets
Omaha, NE 68131
(Scott Education Center – main level)
Thursday, March 19, Noon
Thursday April 16, Noon
The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and the Omaha Press Club have scheduled a forum for mayoral candidates on March 19, 2009. The forum will be held at The Press Club over the noon hour.
Announced candidates Hal Daub, Jim Suttle, and Jim Vokal have already been invited. Reservations can be made by calling the Omaha Press Club at 345-8008. Additionally, a debate between the two winners of the primary election is scheduled for April 16th. We hope to see you at both events! The events will be open to the public to attend.
The OWH did a summary of each of the Mayoral candidates’ positions on fighting crime in Omaha.
Hal Daub has an expansive plan that includes using Federal RICO statutes to get tougher on criminals, filling some police positions with civilian roles to allow other officers to concentrate on more important jobs, and supporting programs to get teens involved in other activities.
Jim Vokal’s plan includes adding 50 to 150 more police officers by cutting other areas to make up the funding, addressing the pension problem to keep officers on longer, and working together with community groups.
Jim Suttle? Well, as he has noted before, he has planned to run for Mayor since the first day he was elected to the City Council in 2005. And his plan to fight crime in Omaha? More jobs. And how does Suttle plan to get more jobs in Omaha? Well, that would be his plan to build a bridge to a field in Iowa and have some companies in Council Bluffs.
That’s it. That’s his plan.
Oh he also mentions that the Mayor could talk up education, and that there are already things in place to address the crime problem. With his career on the Council and the entire campaign season to think about it, that’s what he came up with.
For the hyper-vigilant supporters and detractors of the District 5 Council race between Jean Stothert and Jon Blumenthal, you can get your JeanJon fix by watching their responses at a recent UNO College Republicans candidate forum.
Apparently the candidates received the prepared questions ahead of time — which is why sometimes a candidate seems to be reading the response. What’s interesting about this race is that, separate from one candidate’s ability to run a better campaign or GOTV (which always interests us), there isn’t much of a difference between these two candidates on the issues.
When it comes down to it, if the candidates want voters to pick them, they’ll need to pick out one or two issues where they’re different, and hedge the whole thing on that. This will particularly be the case for Blumenthal, where he has never been elected before — with Stothert on the Millard School board and having just run a Legislature campaign. So while she has a built a campaign constituency, Blumenthal is really going to have to battle to separate himself.
But we’re sure no one here has an opinion on this race…