Baird and Lamm advance in open-seat Nebraska mayoral primary

A nonpartisan primary for mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, was held on Tuesday. Candidates Leirion Gaylor Baird and Cyndi Lamm advanced to the general election after defeating Jeff Kirkpatrick, Krystal Gabel, and Rene Solc. The filing deadline was March 7, and the general election is on May 7. The city’s current mayor, Chris Beutler (D), was first elected in 2007 and could not seek re-election due to term limits.
Although candidates had the option to file with political parties, city elections are nonpartisan and political parties do not appear on the ballot. Baird filed as a Democratic candidate and received 43.5 percent of the vote according to unofficial election night results, while Lamm filed as a Republican and received 33.5 percent of the vote. Kirkpatrick, the third-place finisher with 18.8 percent of the vote, also filed as a Democrat. Gabel and Solc both filed as nonpartisan candidates.
Lincoln is the second-largest city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest city in the U.S. by population.
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