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Mayor Stothert, Mello debate at Omaha Press Club

OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Three days. Two debates. One big spot in Omaha's city hall is up for grabs.

"The city is very positive right now," said Mayor Jean Stothert. "I feel like we're going in the right direction and I feel like I'm able to talk about all of our successes."

"I've talked about making Omaha a more walkable, a more livable and a more bikeable city," said Heath Mello, the mayor's challenger.

Friday afternoon, the mayor and Mello continued to highlight their differences in front of voters at the Omaha Press Club. In downtown Omaha, public safety was once again a hot topic.

"The western end of the city needs more attention and needs more services," said Mello.

"You can cherry pick any information and say this doesn't look good or that doesn't look good, but I will say we have made great and significant progress," said the mayor.

The streetcar issue also came up. If it gets the green light, it could change the way Midtown Omaha looks, but both candidates for mayor aren't on the same page when it comes to this project.

"I've been very clear that I support the streetcar concept, but I've told everyone I think this process is flawed," said Mello.

"There's a lot of planning and a lot of things going on now and a lot of people interested," said the mayor.

With just 25 days left until the general election, Mayor Stothert and Mello know they have a lot of work to do if they want to sway any undecided voters.

To this point, both candidates have already spent more than $1 million combined. They expect to spend more before the election on May 9th.

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