City Councilman Garry Gernandt kicks off bid for a 4th term


City Councilman Garry Gernandt publicly launched his bid for a fourth term Thursday.

Eradicating graffiti, curbing violent crime and establishing a nonemergency “311” number for city services rank among Gernandt's priorities.

“Can I actually stand before you tonight and say 'mission accomplished'? Not yet,” Gernandt told a small gathering at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 3 Hall.

But, he said, he'll be on the ballot.

“That way, in four years I can look each and every one of you in the eye and say 'mission accomplished.'”

Gernandt has been a council member since 2001 and currently serves as the body's vice president.

A former Omaha police sergeant and 31-year veteran of the force, Gernandt also served in the Marine Corps and graduated from South High School.

Virgil Patlan, another former police officer and South Omaha advocate, will be one of Gernandt's opponents for the District 4 seat. Patlan is known for his involvement in the local chapter of the Latino Peace Officers Association.

Gernandt is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan race. Patlan was previously registered as a Republican but switched to independent in 2008.

The primary will be in April with the top two vote-getters moving on to the May general election.

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