A nonpartisan primary for four of seven seats on the Lincoln City Council and one of five elected seats on the Lincoln Airport Authority was held on Tuesday. The general election is on May 7.
In the races for city council, only one incumbent filed for re-election – Jane Raybould in District 3 – guaranteeing at least three newcomers will join the council in 2019. In Districts 1 and 3, only two candidates filed for each and both automatically advanced to the general election. In the District 2 race, Megan Stock and Richard Meginnis defeated Mike James to advance, and in the District 4 race, Cassey Lottman lost to James Herrold and Tammy Ward. In the airport authority primary, Nick Cusick and Aurang Zeb were the only candidates to file and both advanced to the May 7 general election.
Although candidates had the option to file with political parties, city elections are nonpartisan and political parties do not appear on the ballot. The mayor’s office and a sales tax measure were also on the April 9 ballot.
Lincoln is the second-largest city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest city in the U.S. by population.