More challengers are starting their campaigns for Omaha City Council.
Mayoral candidates and challengers for council seats must file the required paperwork to appear on the ballot by Friday.
A member of Creighton University's marketing department wants to be midtown's council representative.
JR Jasso, a Republican, formally announced his campaign Wednesday. The council, he said in a statement, lacks transparency and fiscal responsibility.
“It's time to get rid of business-as-usual,” Jasso said Wednesday.
Jasso said he's a Creighton University graduate and a five-year veteran of a mentor program for inner-city students.
He will face Councilman Chris Jerram.
A local insurance agent has joined the race for the seat that Councilwoman Jean Stothert will vacate for her mayoral bid.
Jeff Moore, a Republican, has been cleared to appear on the spring ballot.
Moore grew up in South Omaha and graduated from Gross Catholic High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, according to his campaign website.
Moore faces former State Sen. Rich Pahls for the southwest Omaha seat.
“I would like to see city government run more like a private business,'' he said.
The race for Council President Thomas Mulligan's seat has expanded.
Cameron Gales says he's concerned about city taxes devoted to an expansion of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha's pension fund struggles and sewer separation costs.
“We should be coming up with ways to allow the people of Omaha to keep more of their hard-earned money, not spending more of it,” Gales said in a statement.
Gales, a Republican, works for the Building Bright Futures organization. He says he holds a master's degree in public administration from Bellevue University.
In addition to Mulligan, Gales will face Aimee Melton and Tim Lonergan.
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