Senator Suzanne Geist announces campaign for Lincoln mayor

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Republican Sen. Suzanne Geist announced her candidacy for mayor of Lincoln on Wednesday afternoon.

“After careful consideration and much discussion with family, friends, and supporters, I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Lincoln,” Geist said in a written statement.  “The issues I hear about are the public safety, streets, and opportunity.  As your Mayor, I will work with everyone to come to solutions for the betterment of our city.”

The senator still has two years left in her term before hitting her term limit.

Geist has served in the Nebraska Legislature since 2017.  She has advocated to reduce infrastructure construction time, save the state money, prepare the next generation of law enforcement employees and require transparency in government agencies.

During the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, Geist introduced an abortion bill that would establish additional safety regulations for chemical abortions.  The intent behind her bill would protect women from serious adverse health consequences.

She also co-signed Sen. Julie Slama’s Heartbeat Act and Sen. Joni Albrecht’s Human Life Protection act, all three bills were indefinitely postponed.

SEE ALSO: Three anti-abortion bills in Nebraska fail to advance out of committee

Following Sen. Julie Slama’s accusations that Charles Herbster sexually assaulted her, Geist joined three other senators in an effort to raise financial assistance for any accuser of Herbster.

SEE ALSO: ‘He is a predator’: Four Nebraska senators to raise money for Herbster accusers

Geist will be challenging Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird who is expected to announce her run for re-election this fall.

The next city election for mayor will take place in the spring of 2023.

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