Elected on a nonpartisan basis to four-year terms, Omaha’s mayor holds the executive and administrative powers of the city. Those who would like to run for Mayor must be at least 25 years old and a resident of Omaha for at least five years consecutive years prior to taking office. Additionally, candidates for mayor must gather and submit 1000 signatures from registered voters within the city of Omaha to be included on the ballot for the primary election. This year the primary will be held on April 6th, 2021. The two candidates who receive the most votes during the primary election advance to the general election. This year the general election will be held on May 11, 2021. The winner of the general election officially begins their term on the fourth Monday following the general election. This year, that date falls on June 7, 2021.
As a part of the mayor’s executive and administrative powers as outlined in the Home Rule Charter for the City of Omaha, they are responsible for:
- Appointing the heads of all departments except the Law Department, who is selected through and is under civil service.
- Appoint members of boards and committees.
- Enforcing all city ordinances and laws.
- Submitting an annual operating budget and Capital Improvement Program and budget to the Omaha City Council.
With respect to the city council:
- The mayor may also appear before the council to express views on pending legislative matters.
- Present messages, reports, and other communications to the council.
- Propose legislation for the council’s considerations, including the creation of city departments.
- The mayor may also call for special meetings of the council and veto legislation.
To learn more about how current mayoral candidates hope to lead the city, tune into our Mayoral Forum on Wedsnday March 24th from 6-8 P.M. You can sign up through Eventbrite here or you watch via Facebook Live on the event page here.