Seward council member apologizes after making antisemitic comment

Jun 9, 2021

The Seward City Council at an October meeting.
Credit City of Seward

A Seward City Council member sent out an apology after making an antisemitic comment at a meeting this week.

During a Monday work session, Sharyl Seese used the phrase “Jew them down” to refer to negotiating the price of a building. Council members nervously laughed at the comment and Seward Mayor Christy Terry adjourned the meeting early.

Seese didn’t agree to a recorded interview. But in a written apology Tuesday, she said “I would never want to hurt or offend anyone, and my mouth got the best of me. I had a sleepless night worrying about hurting people.”

Seese has been on the Seward City Council since 2018.