The Omaha City Council rejected Mayor Jean Stothert's appointment of Ben Gray to the Omaha Municipal Land Bank Board of Directors.
Pete Festersen was elected council president, and Vinny Palermo will serve as vice president.
Pete Festersen will serve as council president and Vinny Palermo will serve as vice president.
Danny Begley, Juanita Johnson and Don Rowe will be sworn in on June 7, joining four incumbents on the Omaha City Council.
The updated election results included about 9,000 previously unreported ballots. Most of them were by-mail ballots turned in Tuesday, and a few hundred were provisional ballots.
Reflecting on 12 years as an Omaha City Council member, Ben Gray said he's proud of the city he and his colleagues have created — and vowed that his work in the community is far from over.
Juanita Johnson will become the second Black woman to serve on the Omaha City Council after besting three-term incumbent Ben Gray, while Aimee Melton won a third term representing northwest Omaha.
Most incumbents appeared to fare well Tuesday night, although one longtime councilman was in danger of losing his seat.
Political newcomer Juanita Johnson was poised to defeat longtime incumbent Ben Gray for the Omaha City Council race to represent northeast Omaha, based on partial results Tuesday night.
Check out the results of the 2021 Omaha city general election and Douglas County West school bond issue.
Northeast Omaha voters will choose between one of the longest-serving members on the City Council and a political newcomer to represent District 2.
Don Rowe and Patrick Leahy will advance to the general election to compete to represent southwest Omaha’s District 5. And in North Omaha's District 2, incumbent Ben Gray will face Juanita Johnson.
Voters in Tuesday's primary chose two candidates in each district for the May 11 general election. In North Omaha's District 2, the race to challenge Ben Gray remained tight.
Ben Gray, who was first elected in 2009, faces a provisional alcohol and drug counselor; a community organizer; an Army vet; a small-business owner; and an adjunct professor of physics.
At least seven people are pursuing campaigns to challenge incumbent Councilman Ben Gray to represent District 2, which covers northeast Omaha.
Diversity is a calling card of the aptly named Church of the Resurrection, created from the merger of two dying congregations — one black (St. Philip) and one white (St. John).