Getting To Know Omaha Mayoral Candidate Dan Welch

Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - As voters get ready to head to the polls next week to begin the process of selecting Omaha's next mayor, Fox 42 is profiling all of the major candidates as part of our Omaha Votes 2013 Coverage. On Wednesday, it was Dan Welch's turn.

Welch, who served in the Omaha City Council for eight years between 2001 and 2009, is touting his experience as a major plus.

"Four years as council president. Nobody can talk about that kind of experience," said Welch.

The former city councilman says bipartisanship and working well with fellow policymakers is something he has championed over the years.

"Even when we didn't agree, I did everything I could to make sure I was doing what was best for the city of Omaha."

Welch says if elected he'll bring a fiscally conservative attitude to the table.

"If we can spread out taxes, then that means everybody won't have to pay as much. The other thing we need to do is cut spending."

Welch is also targeting job creation as one of his top goals.

"You name it, we want it."

One thing Welch is not prepared to do, however, is eliminate state corporate and individual income taxes; an overhaul plan introduced by Governor Dave Heineman at the beginning of the year.

"We can't do that right now in the state of Nebraska without losing jobs and businesses."

As for fighting crime, Welch is a firm believer in the carrot-and-stick approach. He wants to give those on the other side of the law a chance to better themselves through counselors and mentors, but if they don't take advantage it there will be consequences.

"I want harsher laws in Lincoln, I want those laws brought up to Omaha and I want swift and fast justice."

On April 2nd, Omaha voters will be asked to make a choice for mayor. Welch hopes his vision for the future is what carries him to the general election in May.