Experience matters in politics, and voters in Lincoln’s two southern City Council districts will have plenty of it on the ballot when they go to the polls.
In southeast Lincoln’s District 2, Richard Meginnis brings a wealth of community service to the council seat being vacated by longtime Councilman Jon Camp. To the west in District 3, incumbent Jane Raybould remains an informed and effective official.
These candidates are the best choices for their respective seats on the Lincoln City Council in the general election and earn the Journal Star editorial board’s endorsement.
Among those seeking council seats, Meginnis has a broad background of leading Lincoln that simply exceeds any other first-time candidate. He’s been elected by voters before as well, having served eight years on the Lincoln Board of Education.
But the Lincoln native has given far more time to his hometown than just that one position; he’s previously been president for organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and the Lincoln Independent Business Association, along with leadership roles on a low-income senior housing board and the Public Building Commission, among others.
That depth of knowledge will be valuable and allow him to hit the ground running, if elected. Furthermore, Meginnis, who finished second to Megan Stock in the primary, preaches a message of cooperation and common sense, one that transcends the party lines that can divide the council, which pairs well with his past experience.
Meanwhile, Raybould presents a clear, accomplished record of public service that should prompt voters to elect her to a second term on the City Council.
First, her time as a Lancaster County commissioner is a valuable tool, given the number of operations Lincoln shares with the county. Couple that background with her unsuccessful runs for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate and time working for a trade organization in Washington, though, and she’s gathered a depth of policy expertise that benefits Lincoln.
On the council, Raybould has spearheaded initiatives to increase recycling and improve public safety in Lincoln. Away from City Hall, she helps lead her family’s grocery business, which includes Super Saver and Russ’s Market chains, and volunteers on nonprofit boards and other civic groups.
Her years of policy proficiency, devotion to public service and small business acumen set Raybould above her challenger, political newcomer Colten Zamrzla, and benefit Lincoln as a whole.
Voters in Lincoln’s two southern City Council districts would be well served to embrace the experience that’s on the ballot. Meginnis and Raybould offer decades of institutional knowledge and proven track records that have earned them endorsements from the editorial board.
(Editor's note: Editorial board member Marthaellen Florence did not participate in the endorsement process.)