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Douglas County Board member Jim Cavanaugh won't run for Omaha mayor

Douglas County Board member Jim Cavanaugh won't run for Omaha mayor


Douglas County Board member Jim Cavanaugh will not mount a campaign for Omaha mayor, he announced Wednesday.

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Cavanaugh, a Democrat in his second term representing parts of south-central Omaha on the County Board, said his focus will remain on the board’s work of providing pandemic relief money to those in need.

“A mayor’s race would require 100% of my time and focus, and pandemic assistance requires all of my attention,” Cavanaugh said in a video. “I can’t do both.”

He said he had assembled a campaign team that had collected sufficient signatures to get his name on the ballot. Had Cavanaugh decided to run, he would have added a wrinkle to the race that already features a number of Democrats vying to unseat incumbent Republican Mayor Jean Stothert.

Cavanaugh comes from one of Omaha’s legacy political families. He has earned a reputation as a vocal opponent of the county’s $120 million courthouse annex and juvenile detention center project.

The city primary is April 6, and the general election is May 11.

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Reece covers Omaha City Hall, including the City Council and Mayor's Office, and how decisions by local leaders affect Omaha residents. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL graduate. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127​

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