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Mayoral candidates discuss issues at forum

Posted at 9:59 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 23:19:23-04
Some of Omaha's mayoral candidates took to the stage at UNO to speak out about community issues. 
 
Inside the Community Engagement Center, Jean Stothert, Heath Mello and Ean Mikale answered questions from residents. Taylor Royal and Christopher Geary did not attend the forum. 
 
Many of the topics discussed tonight focused on issues we've heard to be concerns of millennial voters: diversity, public transportation and growth. 
 
"Omaha right now is going to the point where a modern street car system does make sense it will further help develop our urban core reduce our traffic congestion and connect omaha to it's most popular events" said Stothert, the incumbent. "I think everyone in this room know that there are 4 issues that generally impact every single neighborhood in this city when it comes to crime that's a lack of living wage jobs in every zip code a lack of behavior health care a lack of reliable transportation and a lack of affordable quality housing" said challenger Heath Mello.
 
Author and entrepreneur Ean Mikale says he has plans to bring a unique form of entertainment to the riverfront. "By focusing on the commercial drone industry we are proposing on creating the world's fastest drone racing course on the riverfront and something that might be more attractive than the Olympic swim trials is sending your kids to go watch drone racing."
 
3 News Now will host the candidates in a televised debate before the April primary.