Mayoral candidates give final message to voters

Posted By: Lauren Fabrizi

With Lincoln’s general election Tuesday, it’s the final push for all those running. Among those are mayoral candidates Chris Beutler and Andy Stebbing.

In last month’s primary election, voters approved a sales tax increase to help fund a new 911 public radio system. A day before the general election, Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing still sticks by his word, that if elected, he would try to not use that increase.

“There are other options, there are many options. So this is just one that we’ve tried to press on,” he said. “Slow growth was not an option, and it should have been.”

But Mayor Beutler has argued the people of Lincoln have spoken.

“Andy Stebbing unbelievably said he’s not going to do that, even though the people have said that it should be done,” Beutler said. “And I find that incredibly contrary to my whole concept of being a public servant.”

Now in the final hours, it’s all about getting one last message across to voters. Channel 8 Eyewitness News sat down with both candidates Monday afternoon.

Stebbing said his message involves the word, “transparency.”

“Everybody knows I’m open and honest, I’m forthcoming. Everything I do is just out there,” Stebbing said. “And that’s the way I run the county treasurer’s office.”

Incumbent Beutler knows a thing or two about elections. So what sets this one aside from others in years past?

“Many good things are on to my advantage that I didn’t have to my advantage last time around,” Beutler said. “I’m hoping the people will recognize the incredible number of positive changes in Lincoln over the last eight years.”

Beutler has vowed to keep that momentum going by continuing to grow the economy and lower the crime and unemployment rates.

“Together we’ll make this an even better city,” he said.

Stebbing said the city needs a change.

“I know change is hard, it’s comfortable to stay,” Stebbing said. “But if you want a better team, a better effort, a better managed city, come out and vote.”

Lancaster County election commissioner David Shively said 50,000 people, or 32 percent, are expected to vote Tuesday. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.