Heath Mello kicks off his mayoral campaign

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 22:27:43-05

The mayor's race is getting hotter in Omaha as we inch toward 2017.

Omaha mayor Jean Stothert told millennials she has unfinished business, growing the Omaha metro. but a young democrat is hoping to defeat her.

Mayor Stothert isn't the only person with eyes on her mayor's seat.

State Senator Heath Mello is kicked off his mayoral campaign Tuesday evening in South Omaha. 

During the event, the state senator laid out his plans for the city.

Mello said he wants to improve streets, sidewalks and transportation.

The 37-year-old believes he is the candidate of the future.

“Because our cities future is our children's future. There opportunities to receive high quality early childhood development.," he said.

"To attend high expectation schools to graduate high school with a degree that allows them to be ready for college and a career is exactly what connects our city to the future and every changing global economy,” he added.

Mello said that Omaha must stop losing young people to other cities with better opportunities.

He now plans to lay out policy ideas on major issues including housing, education and work force development.