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Chris Beutler, Jean Stothert discuss term limits

Posted at 8:26 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 14:49:29-04

In a press release Thursday, the mayors of Nebraska's two largest cities, came out against groups trying to impose term limit changes. 

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler are in different parties but the Thursday meeting comes after the State's Democratic Party said they will challenge Stothert if she decides to run for a third term. 

The Democrats' frustration stems from a group with Republican ties trying to block Beutler from running for a fourth term.

"This proposal is a slick way to kick Mayor Beutler out of office. It would deny him the opportunity to run for re-election this spring," Stothert said. "Term limits should be directed at the office, not the current office holder." 

Beutler echoed Stothert's sentiment, adding he did not like to see "that this partisan political effort was being copied."

“Mayor Stothert and I stand here today as Mayors of successful cities because we seek to create bi-partisan consensus and find solutions that respect each other’s point of view,” he said. “We need only to look at Washington DC to see what the consequences may be:  hyper-partisan, gotcha politics and a total lack of civility and respect,”