Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello, a Democrat who was a state senator from South Omaha, is challenging Mayor Jean Stothert, a Republican, in this year’s officially nonpartisan mayoral election.

South Omaha has played a kingmaker role in recent elections, according to a recent article in the Omaha World-Herald. In the most recent presidential race, Clinton beat Donald Trump in the area 57 percent to 43 percent.

Stothert argues that she has been actively engaged in South Omaha over the past four years, working on numerous projects, from beautifying 24th Street to revitalizing the Deer Park neighborhood. She supported legislation to allow driver’s licenses and professional licenses for DREAMers.

Heath Mello lives in the City Council’s South Omaha district and has been actively engaged in local politics throughout his eight years in the Nebraska Legislature.

Mello played a leadership role in getting a number of bills through the Legislature and past Republican gubernatorial vetoes. He was first elected to represent his legislative district in South Omaha in 2008 and could not seek re-election because of term limits. He served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, where he helped shepherd the state budget.

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