In February 2009, I, along with thirty other individuals, helped form the Nationwide Tax Day Chicago Tea Party event, which later evolved into what is now termed the ‘Tea Party’ by the news media.
The day after the phone calls starting this political movement, I went into the Douglas County Republican Party committee meeting and announced the event that Friday. During that same meeting, a new candidate for the Omaha City Council was announced: Jean Stothert. I had been sitting next to Jean while at the meeting, and she struck me as someone rising in the political world.
I knew of Jean as I went to school in the Millard Public School district, where Jean was a board member. She was always an outstanding member of the board. I felt her integrity would be vital to the City Council. She had ably managed the Millard schools, making them top in the state and one of the top in the country. She, however, was not in my district so I could not vote for her. I was preoccupied with Tea Party at the time, which I eventually handed over to the 9:12 Nebraska movement to run due to my work constraints.
I was proven correct. Jean has been the voice of reason on the City Council in many situations, proving to me she is a capable leader. In the meantime, Jim Suttle was elected mayor that same election over Hal Daub. Mr. Suttle has proved anything but capable, with frequent missteps, mistakes, and his embracing of Agenda 21 through grant money. The SUV purchase everyone mocked, but it has been other changes such as the restaurant tax which hurt so many businesses and caused many restaurants in this town to close. Attempts to tax satellite dishes, out of town cars, toilet paper by the sheet, and other stupid taxes permeated Jim Suttle’s first term.
I worked for 13 years in the city and county IT department. I saw what has gone on behind the scenes of the city government. The disorganization, the under the table tactics, the fact software is being used for payroll older than my tenure in the IT department due to Jim Suttle’s inability to get the police and fire department to move to newer, supported software, is not told by the media. How many bonds have been approved by the mayor which did not go through the City Council, or to the general public for a vote, due to this under the table deal making?
Jean Stothert will repair the integrity of the mayor’s office. I wholeheartedly endorse Jean Stothert for the next mayor of our great city.