Omaha City Council

The City Council of Omaha, Nebraska, is elected every four years on a nonpartisan basis. The next election will occur in 2021. Omaha has a strong mayor form of government. Members are elected by district. Currently seven city council districts are represented across the City of Omaha.[1]

Additional seatsEdit

In 2006 the Nebraska State Legislature began deliberations on adding additional seats to the Omaha City Council.[2] Due to the annexation of Elkhorn by Omaha, the City Council has proposed new boundaries for the districts that would split Elkhorn between two districts. Legislative Bill 405, introduced by Elkhorn State Senator Dwite Pedersen, would increase the size of the Omaha City Council to 9 members and realign districts. However, this bill was tabled in March 2007 until the next legislative session.[3]

Omaha City Council membersEdit

City council members represented seven districts throughout the city of Omaha.[4]

The City Council is officially nonpartisan; party affiliations are for informational purposes only.

District Councilman Party
1 Pete Festersen D
2 Ben Gray D
3 Chris Jerram D
4 Vinny Palermo D
5 Rich Pahls R
6 Brinker Harding R
7 Aimee Melton R

First Omaha City CouncilEdit

The first Omaha City Council was convened in 1857. It was composed of A. D. Jones, who resigned March 23, 1857; T. G. Goodwill, who died May 18, 1857; G. C. Bove, H. H. Visscher, Thomas Davis, William N. Byers, William W. Wyman, Thomas O'Connor, C. H. Downs, J. H. Kellom, for whom Kellom School was later named; and John Creighton, whom Creighton University was later named for.[5]

The City Council has long taken stances on issues. In 1859 a local newspaper reported that a, "...bill introduced in the Omaha City Council, for the abolition of slavery in this Territory, was called up yesterday, and its further consideration postponed for two weeks. A strong effort will be made among the Republicans to secure its passage; we think, however, it will fail. The farce certainly cannot be enacted if the Democrats do their duty."[6]

Table of Recent Members
Election Year Position 1 Position 2 Position 3 Position 4 Position 5 Position 6 Position 7
1957 [7] W. P. Garvey Albert L. Veys A. V. Sorensen Warren R. Swigart James J. Dworak Harry Trustin Sam W. Reynolds
1961 [8] Albert L. Veys Warren R. Swigart Harry Trustin H. F. Jacobberger Ernest A. Adams William R. Milner Arthur D. Bradley Jr.
1965 [9] Robert G. Cunningham Betty Abbott [note 1] H. F. Jacobberger Albert L. Veys Arthur D. Bradley Jr. Sam Vacanti Lynn R. Carey
1969 [11] H. F. Jacobberger Warren R. Swigart Albert Veys Arthur D. Bradley Jr. L. K. Smith Betty Abbott John Ritums
1973 [12] John Hlavacek John Miller Bob Cunningham [note 2] Monte Taylor Steve Rosenblatt Jerry Hassett Betty Abbott
Ray F. Slizewski [note 3]
1977 [15] Steve Rosenblatt Jerry Hassett Richard Takechi [note 4] Mary Kay Green Tim Rouse Leo Kraft Warren Swigart
District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7
1981 [17] David Stahmer Fred Conley [note 5] Walt Calinger Steve Tomasek Connie Findlay [note 6] Sylvia Wagner Bernie Simon
1983 [18] Fred Conley Steve Tomasek [note 7] Sylvia Wagner
1985 [20] Joe Friend Walt Calinger [note 8] Richard Takechi Bernie Simon [note 9]
Subby Anzaldo [note 10] Allen Dinzole [note 11]
1987 [21] Fred Conley [note 12] Steve Tomasek Jim Cleary
1989 [19] Joe Friend Subby Anzaldo Richard Takechi Steve Exon
1991 [22] Fred Conley Steve Tomasek Lee Terry
1993 [23] Joe Friend [note 13] Brenda Council [note 14] Subby Anzaldo Paul Koneck Richard Takechi [note 15] Lee Terry Frank Christensen
Lormong Lo [note 16] Cliff Herd [note 17]
1997 [30] Lormong Lo Frank Brown Subby Anzaldo [note 18] Paul Koneck Cliff Herd Lee Terry Marc Kraft
Bob Sivick [note 19]
2001 [32] Marc Kraft Frank Brown Jim Vokal Garry Gernandt Dan Welch Franklin Thompson Chuck Sigerson
2005 [33] Jim Suttle Frank Brown Jim Vokal Garry Gernandt Dan Welch Franklin Thompson Chuck Sigerson
2009 [34] Pete Festersen Ben Gray Chris Jerram Garry Gernandt Jean Stothert Franklin Thompson Chuck Sigerson [note 20]
Thomas Mulligan [note 21]
2013 [37] Pete Festersen Ben Gray Chris Jerram Garry Gernandt Rich Pahls Franklin Thompson Aimee Melton
2017 [38] Pete Festersen Ben Gray Chris Jerram Vinny Palermo Rich Pahls Brinker Harding Aimee Melton
  1. ^ First woman elected to the Omaha City Council.[10]
  2. ^ November 16, 1976: Appointed by City Council to become interim mayor.[13]
  3. ^ December 21, 1976: Selected by City Council to fill vacancy.[14]
  4. ^ First Japanese American elected to the Omaha City Council.[16]
  5. ^ First African American elected to the Omaha City Council.[17]
  6. ^ Only time two women elected to the Omaha City Council simultaneously.[17]
  7. ^ January 23, 1987: Became acting mayor after recall of Mayor Mike Boyle.[19]
  8. ^ April 20, 1988: Appointed by City Council to become interim mayor.[19]
  9. ^ February 6, 1987: Appointed by City Council to become interim mayor.[19]
  10. ^ June 7, 1988: Selected by City Council to fill vacant District 3 seat.[19]
  11. ^ March 25, 1987: Selected by City Council to fill vacant District 7 seat.[19]
  12. ^ March 25, 1988: Became acting mayor because Bernie Simon was ill with cancer.[19]
  13. ^ June 1, 1994: Resigned from office.[24]
  14. ^ First African American woman elected to the Omaha City Council.[25]
  15. ^ December 10, 1996: Resigned from City Council to go be the Douglas County register of deeds.[26]
  16. ^ June 6, 1994: First Hmong American to be appointed to a City Council in the United States.[27][28]
  17. ^ January 7, 1997: Selected by City Council to fill vacant District 5 seat.[29]
  18. ^ February 15, 2000: Resigned from office to work for Mayor Hal Daub.[31]
  19. ^ February 15, 2000: Selected by City Council to fill vacant District 3 seat.[31]
  20. ^ February 11, 2010: Resigned from office.[35]
  21. ^ April 13, 2010: Selected by City Council to fill vacant District 7 seat.[36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sloan, K. (2007) "Omaha council redraws borders," Omaha World-Herald. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  2. ^ Stoddard, M. (2007) "Bill to add two Omaha council districts advances", Omaha World-Herald. 2007-02-21. Retrieved 9/17/07.
  3. ^ "Briefs," Grand Island Independent. Retrieved 9/17/07.
  4. ^ City of Omaha. "City Council." Retrieved 9/17/07.
  5. ^ (n.d.) Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska Douglas County Produced by Liz Lee for NEGenWeb.
  6. ^ A Daily Nebraskian newspaper editorial from 1859, as quoted in Bristow, D. (2002) A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tale of 19th Century Omaha. Caxton Press.
  7. ^ "Rosenblatt Wins; Garvey, Veys Top Council; 7th Place Undecided". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). May 15, 1957. p. 1.
  8. ^ "5 of Council Would Serve as President". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). May 10, 1961. p. 1.
  9. ^ Howe, Woodson (May 12, 1965). "Cunningham Leads List; 4 Are New". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 1.
  10. ^ Kelly, Jean (May 12, 1965). "Betty Abbott's Future 'Has' to Include a Wig". Omaha World-Herald (Home ed.). p. 6.
  11. ^ "Four Re-elected to Council". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). May 14, 1969. p. 1.
  12. ^ Thompson, David (May 16, 1973). "Voter Dissatisfaction Cited In Defeat of Five Incumbents". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  13. ^ Kelly, Michael (November 16, 1976). "Mayor Cunningham: 'I Will Listen to You'". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  14. ^ "Slizewski Sworn In As City Councilman". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). December 22, 1976. p. 8.
  15. ^ Taylor, John (May 11, 1977). "Council's Names Familiar". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  16. ^ Robert, John (May 26, 1977). "More Evidence, Please, Judge". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 2.
  17. ^ a b c Kotok, C. David (May 13, 1981). "New Council Makes History In Wake of District Elections". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 1.
  18. ^ Levenson, Bob (May 11, 1983). "Views Mixed on Results From Staggered Election". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Flanery, James Allen (May 10, 1989). "Morgan Win Seen as End To Turbulent Time for City Boyle Theme Not Enough, Observers Say". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  20. ^ Kotok, C. David (May 15, 1985). "Boyle Wins Re - Election; Council Gets 2 New Faces". Omaha World-Herald (Iowa ed.).
  21. ^ Goodsell, Paul (May 13, 1987). "Jim Cleary Joins Conley, Tomasek On Council; Turn out Is Record Low". Omaha World-Herald (Iowa ed.).
  22. ^ Kotok, C. David (May 15, 1991). "Terry to Be Only New Face Council Little Changed After Vote". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1.
  23. ^ Mullen, Kris; de Zutter, Mary (May 12, 1993). "Twin Win: Morgan, Sales Tax Political Newcomers Defeat Exon, Tomasek in Council Races Ms. Council Gets 78 Percent of Vote To Win City Seat". Omaha World-Herald (Lincoln ed.). p. 1.
  24. ^ Brennan, Joe (April 5, 1994). "Friend Resigning, Says He Dreads City Council Job". Omaha World-Herald (Chaser ed.). p. 1.
  25. ^ Ruggles, Rick (February 17, 2000). "Photo Tribute Honors 6 Omahans". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 17.
  26. ^ Janovy, Jena (December 4, 1996). "Takechi's Last Night Marked With Praise and Appreciation". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 20.
  27. ^ Brennan, Joe (May 17, 1994). "Lormong Lo Wins Seat on City Council". Omaha World-Herald (Chaser ed.). p. 1.
  28. ^ Szalewski, Susan (July 26, 2011). "Ex-councilman Lormong Lo loved adopted city". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 5B.
  29. ^ Kelley, Matt (January 7, 1997). "Cliff Herd Is Elected To Council Millard Man Also On School Board". Omaha World-Herald (Chaser ed.). p. 1.
  30. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/13/1997) Election Results" (PDF). Douglas County Election Commission. May 13, 1997. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  31. ^ a b Ruggles, Rick (February 16, 2000). "Sivick Gets Council Slot On 5 - 1 Vote". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 1.
  32. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/15/2001) Election Results" (PDF). Douglas County Election Commission. May 15, 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  33. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/10/2005) Election Results Summary". Douglas County Election Commission. May 10, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  34. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/12/2009) Election Results Summary". Douglas County Election Commission. May 12, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  35. ^ Tysver, Robynn (February 11, 2010). "Sigerson resigns from City Council He says his speech hasn't improved enough since a stroke and heart attack". Omaha World-Herald (Sunrise ed.). p. 1A.
  36. ^ O'Brien, Maggie (April 13, 2010). "'Open-minded' Mulligan gets Sigerson's seat". Omaha World-Herald (Metropolitan ed.). p. 1A.
  37. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/14/2013) Election Results Summary". Douglas County Election Commission. May 14, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  38. ^ "City of Omaha General (05/09/2017) Election Results Summary". Douglas County Election Commission. May 9, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2020.

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