The elections for Omaha’s mayor, City Council and the Omaha Public Schools board have drawn an impressive turnout of candidates.
Now let’s hope the voters respond in kind.
In sizing up this strong field, we have been struck that so many people are willing to give of their time and talents to serve.
This is especially true in the races for the newly reconstituted Omaha school board, which attracted 39 candidates to positions that, although unpaid, place tremendous demands on one’s time. It is the most competitive race since 1978.
In speaking with and listening to these candidates, we have been impressed not only by their eagerness to serve but also by their skills. In particular, the emergence of so many bright young leaders bodes well for a cultivation of leadership in the Omaha area.
We hope that the turnout for Tuesday’s elections well exceeds the low expectations. These primaries will narrow the field for mayor, City Council and Omaha school board.
Many elections in recent years have resulted in meager voter participation, sometimes at embarrassingly low levels. Tuesday’s is no exception, with turnout projected at a paltry 18 percent. Since every one of these elections is important to the city’s future, Omaha can, and should, do better.
In editorials over the past week, we have offered our recommendations. Here is a recap:
Jean Stothert and Brad Ashford.
Omaha City Council
District 2 — Ben Gray and Bruce Hunter.
District 4 — Garry Gernandt and Virgil Patlan.
District 7 — Tom Mulligan and Aimee Melton.
Omaha Public Schools board
Subdistrict 1 — LeDonna White York and Yolanda Williams.
Subdistrict 2 — Marque Snow and Morghan Price.
Subdistrict 3 — Marian Fey and Woody Bradford.
Subdistrict 4 — Justin Wayne and Jill Brown.
Subdistrict 5 — Jennifer Tompkins Kirshenbaum, Jeff Miller and Lou Ann Goding.
Subdistrict 6 — Matt Scanlan and Barbara Daughton.
Subdistrict 7 — Andy Allen and Katie Underwood.
Subdistrict 8 — Lacey Merica, Juliana Garza and Meg Cordes.
Subdistrict 9 — Sarah Brumfield and Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan.