Lincoln’s nonpartisan mayoral election: 2 women, 2 parties

April 11, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Democrat and a Republican are the final two candidates in the officially nonpartisan race to be Lincoln’s next mayor.

Republican Cyndi Lamm and Democrat Leirion Gaylor Bird were the two top vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary. The general election for mayor and city council is scheduled for May 7.

City elections are nonpartisan, but the political parties work to get their candidates elected to both the mayor’s office and the council.

Lamm says she’s looking forward to a spirited race. Gaylor Baird says she’s grateful for all the people who made calls, knocked on doors, made donations and helped her primary campaign.

Both women are members of the Lincoln City Council.

One of them will be replacing Chris Beutler, who has been mayor for 12 years.