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For the first time in 12 years, voters will pick a new mayor this spring.

In the November election, Lincolnites approved limiting the mayor to three terms, effectively ending Mayor Chris Beutler’s plan to run for a fourth term. Five people are running for the open mayor’s seat, including three who have experience in city government.

Cyndi Lamm and Leirion Gaylor Baird are City Council members and Jeff Kirkpatrick has been the city attorney.

Two others, Krystal Gabel, a freelance editor, and Rene Solc, who owns a concrete construction firm, have both run unsuccessfully for offices in the past.

The two candidates with the most votes will emerge from the April 9 primary to face off in the May 7 general election.

Lincoln has a strong mayor form of government, meaning the mayor is its top administrator with an office at City Hall where he or she is expected to work full time.

The mayor, who earns around $89,300 a year, oversees city government, with about 2,500 employees and a $589 million budget. He appoints the heads of more than a dozen departments.

Though city offices are elected on a nonpartisan basis, with no party label on the ballot, the parties are very interested in the mayor’s race and often help recruit and support candidates.

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More on the mayor's race: To read the candidates' answers to additional questions, go to JournalStar.com, or find them in next Sunday's paper.

Coming Wednesday: City Council candidates answer issue questions.

In case you missed it: Profiles of the five candidates ran in the March 10 paper and are also available at JournalStar.com.

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