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Lincoln is a community of diverse political views, and no party holds a majority of registered voters. As a result, our leaders must be willing to work across party lines, to understand differing viewpoints and to craft consensus solutions from the best ideas of all stakeholders.

Leirion Gaylor Baird demonstrated those qualities last year, when our community addressed the safety and success of Lincoln's children.

Following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, community members asked the city and school district for a deeper partnership on student safety. However, there was significant contention on which preventative, protective and proactive programs to include, as well as how to fund them.

Leirion reached out to school board members to find common ground. She worked to unite the City Council, the Board of Education and the mayor's office. Together, we found a sustainable, consensus solution -- the Safe and Successful Kids Interlocal Agreement.

Leirion's leadership, her commitment to building consensus and her love for this great community made that agreement possible. She demonstrated precisely the qualities we need in our next mayor. Please join me in electing Leirion Gaylor Baird.

Lanny Boswell, Lincoln

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