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

Lancaster County Treasurer Andy Stebbing is thinking about running for Lincoln mayor, again.

Stebbing, who ran and lost four years ago against Mayor Chris Beutler, said many people have suggested he run again.

Stebbing lost in the spring primary when he sought re-election as county treasurer, in large part because he had been charged with several felony counts related to selling used vehicles. He would have been barred from holding office had he been found guilty of a felony.

Stebbing recently plead no contest to several misdemeanor counts related to the same issue, which means he can hold an elected office.

Who is not running for mayor

A number of high-profile Republicans whose names have been mentioned as possible candidates for Lincoln mayor say they are not running.

Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, former state auditor and state senator, says he's not running and is, in fact, supporting Cyndi Lamm, the only Republican announced as a candidate for mayor. 

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Jon Bruning, Lincoln attorney and former state attorney general, has been wooed by Republicans. But Bruning says he's not running.  

County Engineer Pam Dingman had some folks suggest she should run. But Dingman will not be a candidate for mayor. 

County Commissioner Deb Schorr earlier said she will not be running. Councilmen Roy Christensen and Jon Camp are also listed in the not-running ledger. 

Public Safety Director Tom Casady — the former police chief, who is registered nonpartisan — has put to rest rumors that he might run.  

The mayor's race is nonpartisan, meaning no party labels are provided on the ballot. However, both the Republican and Democratic parties recruit and support candidates. 

With Beutler, a Democrat, term-limited and unable to run for re-election, Republicans are hoping to get one of their own in the mayor's office. 

Lincoln has had a Democratic mayor for 19 years.   

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