Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram said he plans to seek a second term in this spring’s election, partly to revitalize neighborhoods near Midtown Crossing and Aksarben Village.
Jerram told a gathering at Brix bistro in Midtown Crossing that his first term’s successes included a labor contract with the city’s firefighters union, new cruisers for an aging Police Department fleet and improvements in the city’s parks system.
“It’s the challenges that we face together that improve our city,” Jerram said Thursday.
Jerram, a lawyer and member of the council’s labor negotiations committee, said he would continue to seek labor contract reforms and improvements to public safety. He also wants to stretch new development into areas such as the city’s Blackstone and Park East neighborhoods and downtown.
“I have a mission and a vision for transforming 16th Street,” Jerram said, adding he’s working to help secure corporate and philanthropic support for revitalizing the historic downtown street.
Jerram defeated Republican Chip Maxwell to secure the District 3 seat in 2009, after focusing much of his campaign on Omaha’s struggle with crime.
Jerram’s opponents this election may include D’Shawn Cunningham, a 26-year-old political activist who said he was inspired to seek office after being kicked out of an Omaha City Council meeting.
Jerram is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan race.
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