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Democratic candidates who lost in the city primary have thrown their support to the other Democrats.

Jeff Kirpatrick and Cassey Lottman, Democrats who lost in the April 9 city primary, have thrown their support to the other Democrat in their races. 

Kirkpatrick, city attorney and candidate for mayor, asked his supporters to vote for Leirion Gaylor Baird in the May 7 city election. 

Lottman, who ran third in the District 4 City Council race representing northwest Lincoln, asked her supporters to vote for Tammy Ward, a Democrat. 

The city races are nonpartisan, meaning no party labels are used on the ballot, and the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, move forward from the primary. 

But the parties still work to get their members into office. 

“Leirion is the best candidate to keep Lincoln growing and moving forward," Kirkpatrick said in a news release. 

"Our city has made a lot of progress in the last 12 years. That didn’t happen by accident. It took vision and hard work. Lincoln’s growth in the future is not guaranteed. It will take a mayor who believes in our future and who understands that we have to make investments as a community to maintain our momentum as a city,” said Kirkpatrick. “Leirion understands the importance of building consensus and collaboration." 

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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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