Lincoln City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird will run for a second term as an at-large representative.

Gaylor Baird, who serves as chairwoman of the council, said she is proud of what the city has accomplished over the past four years, and is "committed to doing even more to build a strong future for Lincoln."

In a news release announcing her candidacy, she cited improvements in streets and sidewalks, numbers of police and emergency responders and the resources available to them and her commitment to neighborhoods and services like libraries and parks. 

“We are investing in streets at historic levels and repairing sidewalks and more miles of water mains each year," she said. "We fully funded the South Beltway and have kept our commitment to our neighborhoods by increasing residential street improvements. We are getting the job done.

“Our city needs a leader committed to progress -- a leader who will strengthen our neighborhoods and parks for families, grow our local economy to create new jobs and new opportunities, and improve our roads, public transit, and infrastructure to meet the needs of a thriving city."

Gaylor Baird also pointed out Lincoln's progress in helping provide high-speed internet across the city, and the commitment to making city government data more open and accessible to the public.

She serves on a number of community foundations and advisory groups and has been recognized locally and nationally for her work on the City Council.

In 2016, she received the Inspire Award for Excellence in Government Service and was one of 24 elected officials from across the country selected by the Aspen Institute for a Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. 

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In 2014, Gaylor Baird was selected as one of 12 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas.

She is a Democrat, and although the council is elected on a nonpartisan basis, the parties do help support and fund candidates. 

In May, city voters will elect three people as at-large council members, meaning they represent the entire city. 

Councilman Trent Fellers has said he will not seek re-election. Others who have said they are running are Councilman Roy Christensen, local business owners Brayden McLaughlin and Tom Nesbitt, Deb Andrews and Louis Braatz III.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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