On Monday evening, Jean Stothert, her family and members of her staff gathered in the mayor’s office on the third foor of Omaha’s City Hall.
Graciously, I had been allowed to join in on the festivities after I pitched the idea to follow Stothert from her inauguration as Omaha’s first female mayor through her first week in office.
Throughout the week, I photographed a number of Stothert’s public appearances, meetings, press conferences and moments of reprieve at the mayoral desk. City Hall reporter Juan Perez Jr. wrote an accompanying story.
Any election is historic, but I thought this transistion was important to document, especially considering the fact that Omaha has had 50 mayors — all of whom were male — before Stothert.
“I am honored beyond words to serve as the first woman mayor of Omaha,” Stothert said.
In a speech, Stothert quipped, “People say, what do I call you? ‘Miss Mayor? Madam Mayor?’ I said, “Jean’s fine.”