Omaha Mayor: Partisan Showdown Looms

Shame on me! Omaha, Nebraska held the first round of an interesting mayoral election yesterday and I haven't said a word about it until ...
by | April 8, 2009
 

Shame on me! Omaha, Nebraska held the first round of an interesting mayoral election yesterday and I haven't said a word about it until now.

Here's a write-up from the Omaha World-Herald. The short version is that Republican Hal Daub and Democrat Jim Suttle will square off May 12 in this nominally non-partisan race. Daub edged Suttle in the first round of voting, with Republican Jim Vokal receiving a large chunk of votes, but ultimately coming in third.

That result might make it sound as though Daub has the edge. Once Vokal's Republican supporters gravitate to the only Republican left, Daub, he will win, right?

But, Daub is a controversial figure from a previous stint as mayor. The city's term-limited incumbent, Democrat Mike Fahey, ousted him in 2001. Daub may not be able to count on Vokal's backers.

In big city mayoral politics, competitive contests between Democrats and Republicans are rare. Most big cities are so Democratic that, more often than not, Republicans can't compete. In other cities, elections are truly non-partisan, to the point that it's hard to tell who is a Democrat and who is a Republican.

In May, though, we'll be treated to two good partisan contests -- first in Anchorage and then in Omaha.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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