Lincoln Mayor endorses City Council candidates

Three City Council candidates looking for election in May 2021, got endorsed by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird.
Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —Three City Council candidates received an endorsement from Lincoln’s Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Sunday.  Gaylor Baird touted the experience and leadership from candidates Tom Beckius, Bennie Shobe, and Sändra Washington.

“All three are part of the City leadership team that, today, is guiding, and growing our community in the midst
of the most significant challenges Lincoln has faced in over 100 years,” Gaylor Biard said.

Councilman Bennie Shobe, who is running for re-election, talked about the importance of having strong leaders during historic and challenging times.

“Lincolnites are living with concerns about their jobs, an uncertain economy, a global pandemic and strains on our civil society. Local government leaders need to weigh the needs of the community and the resources available to meet those needs,” said Shobe.

Councilwoman Sändra Washington, who is running for her first full-term, but was appointed to the Council in 2019 looked to highlight her experince in planning and sustainability to promote growth.

“It’s also necessary to ensure that our investment in public safety and infrastructure keeps pace with our growth and that we take steps to protect our environment to make our city the best place to live for future generations,” said Washington.

Tom Beckius, the current Vice Chair of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commission will be running for one of the three council seats up for grabs.

“As we focus on the challenges ahead, public safety is priority number one. I support the men and women that keep law and order in our city and will work to hire leaders who believe public safety is a community-wide effort that includes many different partners and resources,” said Beckius.

The primary election is on Tuesday, April 6. The top six voter getters will advance to the General Election on Tuesday, May 4.

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