Lincoln City Council appoints Michelle Suarez to fill Raybould’s seat

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Scottsbluff native Michelle Suarez will now fill the Lincoln City Council seat left vacant by Jane Raybould.

On Monday, Suarez was unanimously approved by the City Council to fill the District 3 seat, which covers southwest and central Lincoln.

She will now take over for longtime Councilwoman Raybould, a new member of the Nebraska Legislature, until the current term ends in May.

“I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Michelle’s civic leadership, which was instrumental in the successful launch of Prosper Lincoln’s early childhood education initiatives,” Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said in a press release. “I am so pleased she will be bringing her commitment to our community’s future to the City Council.”

Suarez is the first Latina to serve on the council, according to the release.

“I hope this historic appointment to the City Council encourages other members of our community to seek elected office and apply to serve on City boards and commissions to help elevate diverse voices and perspectives in local government,” Gaylor Baird said. 

Suarez also serves on the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council and the board of the Woods Charitable Fund.

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