Omaha mayoral candidate Jean Stothert is touting her experience as a school board member as a key strength in tackling the city’s problems with crime.
Wednesday, Stothert unveiled her campaign’s crime plan and announced the endorsement of Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning, who said he has worked with Stothert during her time on the Millard School Board and the Omaha City Council.
“I’ve always been impressed with the fact she does not shoot from the hip,” Dunning said. “She actually goes out and does research.”
As mayor, Stothert said she’d push school administrators to expand mentoring and after school programs and be a supporter of magnet schools and career academies, which can help at-risk students stay on track.
“If we’re to solve the problems of crime and poverty that plague our city, we must deliver the most American of promises,” she said. “And that’s a quality education.”
Stothert’s other plans include adding more police officers, providing them with better and newer equipment and supporting tougher penalties for people involved in gang- or gun-related crimes. She said she doesn’t support Mayor Jim Suttle’s plan to target assault weapons because most gun crime in Omaha involves other types of weapons that are typically not legally registered.
Stothert said she doesn’t have a specific plan for finding the source of illegal guns, but believes officials need to focus on individual offenders to solve the problem.
“You’ve got to target the criminal and not the instrument he uses,” she said.
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