OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State Sen. Heath Mello will run for Omaha mayor next spring and challenge incumbent Jean Stothert.
Mello announced his campaign Sunday. The Democratic lawmaker says he’ll offer a new vision for Omaha to address its infrastructure problems and try to retain talented young residents.
Term limits will force Mello to leave the Legislature at the end of this year. He has represented south Omaha and led the Legislature’s appropriations committee.
Mello is a Democrat will face the Republican Stothert in next spring’s election although the mayor’s race is officially nonpartisan.
Stothert is completing her first term as mayor after being elected in 2013. Before that she served on the Omaha city council and Millard school board.