Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

Hoiberg for Mayor 3.28

"Hoiberg for Mayor" signs popped up throughout Lincoln as Nebraska began its transition to a new men's basketball coach.

We will apparently never know how many write-in votes for mayor new Husker men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg got in last week’s city election.

Hoiberg, who was born in Lincoln, earned the nickname "The Mayor" during his playing days at Iowa State.

A few Hoiberg for Mayor signs — apparently produced by the Nebraska Athletic Department —  sprouted around town before the April 9 primary election.

And some folks, on Facebook feeds, said they were going to write in Hoiberg’s name for mayor.

However, the Lancaster County Election Commission Office counts just the total write-in votes — 129 for mayor. It does not record each individual write-in name.

And it’s against the law to let private citizens, such as reporters, come to the office to check out the names — without a court order.

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So the number of votes Hoiberg received will remain a mystery.

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