Richard Meginnis, a Lincoln real estate broker and former school board member, said Friday he plans to run for the southeast Lincoln City Council seat now held by Jon Camp.
“I think it is my time and I want to give something back to the city,” said Meginnis, who was responding to rumors that he was considering a bid for the District 2 council seat.
Lincoln Board of Education member Matt Schulte, who has also been considering running for that council seat, sent an email Friday saying he will not run for re-election to the school board and he is considering other offices.
However, Schulte did not return phone calls Friday asking whether he has made a decision on the City Council race.
His email hinted he is considering running for another office.
Schulte's email said his recent run for Lancaster County treasurer signaled his interest in “having a wider impact on the community, beyond education. And I find that my heart continues to be pulled in that direction.
"I have not yet determined the timing of running for an office in the future,” he said.
Schulte, a Republican, recently lost the race for county treasurer. Rachel Garver, a Democrat, was elected to that job, replacing current treasurer Andy Stebbing, who lost in the Republican primary to Schulte.
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Schulte, who represents east Lincoln on the school board, listed some of the school board accomplishments in the email, including updating the strategic plan, lowering the property tax rate, completing a districtwide assessment of special education, opening new schools and increasing school security.
Schulte is executive director of Campus Life.
His decision not to run for re-election to the board means there will be no incumbent for the east Lincoln, District 6, seat on the school board in the 2019 spring election.
Camp, a Republican, who has represented southeast Lincoln on the council for almost 20 years, has not said whether he plans to run for a sixth term and could not be reached for comment Friday.
Meginnis, who served eight years on the Lincoln school board, said he expects to have a more formal announcement on the City Council race next week.
Megan Stock, a Lincoln elementary teacher, has announced she plans to seek the District 2 council seat. Stock is a Democrat. Meginnis, Schulte and Camp are Republicans.
The council is a nonpartisan office, meaning no party labels appear on the ballot, and voters select two candidates in the primary who continue to the general election regardless of party affiliation. However, the two parties do recruit and support candidates for the council.