Leirion Gaylor Baird

Leirion Gaylor Baird.

Leirion Gaylor Baird, a member of the Planning Commission, is the first person to announce officially as a candidate for one of three Lincoln City Council at-large seats.

Gaylor Baird cited strong neighborhoods, thriving families, great jobs and economic opportunity as her goals at her announcement Tuesday morning.

"This is such an important time in Lincoln.  So many things are happening -- the arena, new hotels, "  Gaylor Baird said in a telephone interview. 

Gaylor Baird, 41, was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2007 and helped in development of the most recent 40-year plan for growth.

"I'd love to serve on the council and play an even larger role in making Lincoln an interesting place to live and start a business," she said.  

 In May, voters will select three people from across the city for at-large seats on the seven-member council.

Current at-large council members are Gene Carroll and DiAnna Schimek. The third at-large representative, Adam Hornung, recently resigned.

Carroll will announce his plans to seek a second term later this week. Schimek said this week that she will not make any announcements until after Jan. 1. Schimek was selected by Mayor Chris Beutler and the council as a replacement for Jayne Snyder, who died of cancer in October, 2010.

“I understand that the jobs of tomorrow can locate anywhere in the country," Gaylor Baird said in her announcement news release.

"I will support investment in infrastructure and community facilities that build a city where employers and workers want to relocate and grow jobs.”

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Gaylor Baird has been on numerous community boards, including Friends of the Children’s Museum and Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center.

Gaylor Baird’s husband, Scott, is co-owner of a local computer software company. The couple have three children.

Gaylor Baird is registered as a Democrat, although she has been an independent, she said. The council is officially a non-partisan race, and candidates do not run with party labels on the ballot. However, the two parties do get involved in recruiting and supporting candidates.

 Gaylor Baird said the issues that interested her, jobs and thriving neighborhoods, were people issues not partisan issues.  

Gaylor Baird's campaign website is LeirionForLincoln.com.

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Reach Nancy Hicks at 402-473-7250 or nhicks@journalstar.com.



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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