Maggie Mae Squires, a Lincoln business owner who believes in “solid long-term planning,” has announced she is running for the Lincoln City Council.

Squires, 35, is a candidate for one of the three at-large council seats, representing the entire community, not a specific geographic district.

Squires owns and operates Maggie Mae’s Namaste and teaches yoga to patients in Madonna’s traumatic brain injury unit, Tabitha Memory Care; St. Monica’s; and residents of Van Dorn Villa, as well as teaching weekly classes.

Squires praised Lincoln’s progress during the past few years, with low unemployment and many new businesses, but said these changes come with an ongoing financial impact for citizens who are struggling.

The quality of life for working families has stagnated in Lincoln, with rising real estate prices, rental costs and taxes, she said in a news release announcing her candidacy.

“The cost of food and medicine has skyrocketed, leaving many -- myself included -- to choose between paying bills and buying the food or medicine we need,” she said.

Lincoln leaders need to look 20 to 30 years into the future, with collaborative efforts of multiple organizations -- like those modeled by Nebraska Innovation Campus, she said in the news release.

“Partnerships with nonprofit organizations can sustain vibrant, diverse neighborhoods that house our newest citizens -- refugees and immigrants. Programs that assist incoming children and families deserve support so they can participate in and contribute to our economy,” she wrote.

Squires also praised solar and wind development that “promise well-paying jobs, energy savings for businesses and individuals and sustained overall growth." She suggested that "Pinnacle Bank Arena should be covered in solar panels as well as all new developments, city buildings and schools.” 

“Jobs related to sustainable energy must become a permanent part of our economy and a permanent solution to the damaging (and vanishing) use of fossil fuels,” she said in her news release.

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Squires also supports legalization and taxation of cannabis and access to marijuana for medical use.

“As a progressive candidate, I am not afraid to address problems directly nor to discuss them with people who do not share the same views,” she said.

Squires worked as an aide for former state Sen. Bill Avery. She trained at Integral Yoga in New York and has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master's in management from Doane, according to her news release. 

Squires, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District board in 2014. She is one of eight candidates for the three at-large council seats. Six candidates will advance from the April 4 primary. The general election is May 2.

The other candidates are Roy Christensen and Leirion Gaylor Baird, both incumbents, and Brayden McLaughlin, Tom Nesbitt, Lou Braatz III, Bennie Shobe and Deb Andrews.

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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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