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Neary concedes to Mayor Stothert, several city council races remain close

Posted at 9:12 PM, May 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 23:38:14-04

OMAHA, Neb — By 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night the Omaha mayoral race was all but sewn up by Mayor Jean Stothert.

Watch Stothert's speech below or on ourFacebook page.

RJ Neary took the stage at his campaign headquarters and conceded the race to the incumbent with a short speech to his supporters.

Stothert, the presumptive winner, is likely to be sworn-in to an unprecedented third term as Omaha's mayor.

As of Tuesday evening, several city council races remained close.


District 1 incumbent Pete Festersen had a significant lead over Sarah Johnson.

In District 2, Juanita Johnson seemed poised to upset incumbent Ben Gray.

Denny Begley in District 3 was leading Cammy Watkins, and Vinny Palermo pulled ahead of his District 4 challenger, Becky Barrientos-Patlan, by a comfortable margin.

Don Rowe was leading Patrick Leahy in District 5 and incumbent Brinker Harding opened up a wide lead on challenger Naomi Hattaway in District 6.

The race for the District 7 seat between Aimee Melton and Sara Kohen remains competitive and there will likely not be a clear result for that race on Tuesday.

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