Omaha City Councilwoman Jean Stothert says she will make an announcement about her political future in the coming days.
Although some observers have eyed the southwest Omaha council representative as a potential challenger to Mayor Jim Suttle, Stothert declined to say Monday what she intends to do.
Her options include seeking re-election to her District 5 council seat during next year's city election.
Whatever her decision, Stothert, a Republican, certainly has fundraising firepower. She had more money in her campaign coffers at the beginning of this year than Suttle did in his.
Stothert had $112,701 in her campaign account at the end of 2011, including more than $85,000 in contributions for the year. Prominent Omaha business interests were among her largest donors.
Suttle reported cash on hand of $94,174. The mayor, however, spent roughly $180,300 as he fought the recall effort against him and has had little trouble raising money since then.
Suttle has already announced his plans to seek re-election, and the field of competitors has grown.
State Sen. Brad Ashford, a 62-year-old lawyer, was the first to officially throw his hat into the ring for the 2013 mayoral election. Ashford, who last year changed his party affiliation from Republican to independent, announced his candidacy earlier this month.
Omaha businessman Dave Nabity became the first Republican out of the gate when he announced his candidacy last week. Nabity led the failed effort to oust Suttle in the 2011 recall vote.
Others mentioned as possible mayoral candidates include City Council member Franklin Thompson and former Councilman Dan Welch.
Welch said last week that he planned to make a decision by sometime in July.
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