Group takes state step toward recall of Omaha mayor

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Some critics of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert have taken a step toward mounting a recall drive.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that a group called the Coalition to Recall Stothert filed paperwork earlier this month to raise funds for a possible recall petition drive. Organizers would have to gather the signatures of nearly 35,000 Omaha voters to force a recall election.

Spokeswoman Heather Aliano said the group is recruiting volunteers and getting support from people angry about potholes, city trash contract changes and Stothert's interactions with critics.

Stothert declined to comment about the group or its efforts. The Republican was first elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.