Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler issued a news release Friday expressing his disappointment with the term-limits vote that will keep him from running for re-election next year, pride in his accomplishments as mayor and hope for the city and country's future.
Though Beutler has appeared at several public events since the Tuesday election, this is his first comment on the term-limits vote.
"While the result of the term-limits vote is disappointing, I believe the next mayor of our great city will share my commitment to moving the city forward with continued investments in public safety, infrastructure and the services that enhance our quality of life," the mayor said.
“I want to thank the people of Lincoln for giving me 12 years as mayor, a privilege they have granted no other.
"It has been a time of historic growth and prosperity, because all sectors of the community have worked together to build a better city."
Beutler pointed to the community vote to build Pinnacle Bank Arena as a highlight and a turning point for the city.
The arena project has been a catalyst leading to excitement, optimism and other investments, he said.
"We must not lose the tremendous momentum we have created together."
Beutler said his administration will continue over the next six months "to work hard to set the stage for the next mayor to be successful."
“Another highlight of my administration has been interacting with the young people of our community," Beutler said.
"As the future leaders and voters, they will have the opportunity to correct the mistakes made by this mayor and this generation.
"American democracy is hard. We sometimes take a few steps back before we regain our footing. But American democracy miraculously redeems and renews itself, and the amazing history of our great nation shows continued, sustained progress over the long term.
"I believe that the state of our city, state and nation will continue to be strong as long as the people continue to believe in democracy, in our common interests and in each other’s good intentions.”
Lincoln voters Tuesday approved a term-limits charter amendment that limits the Lincoln mayor to three consecutive terms. Since it will apply retroactively, it means Beutler cannot run next year for a fourth term as he planned.