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Leirion Gaylor Baird

Lincoln City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird listens to City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick answer a question during a mayoral candidate debate with three candidates in Hamann Auditorium on UNL's East Campus on March 6.

Leirion Gaylor Baird, candidate for Lincoln mayor, said if she were elected she would create a plan to build the city’s resilience to the impacts of climate change, impacts already being experienced locally.

Lincoln and Nebraska are experiencing extreme weather events — temperature fluctuations and increased precipitation that lead to flooding, for example, Gaylor Baird said.

Historic flooding on the Platte River shut down one of the city's wells Friday.

"Lincoln’s infrastructure is being compromised today. We are feeling the impacts of extreme weather events right now, and they are not something we can wait to address.”

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As mayor, Gaylor Baird said she would bring together stakeholders from throughout the community to evaluate Lincoln’s strengths and vulnerabilities and to identify what should be done to promote the resilience of city operations and infrastructure.

“The city has a responsibility to be forward-thinking in the face of climate-related challenges to ensure the health, safety and economic prosperity of Lincoln residents for generations to come,” she said. 

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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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