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would like to see some information on the Lincoln mayoral race.
What are these people’s positions on the issues so that I can
make a good decision.
Christian College and Seminary
for asking, Kenny.
Daily News has sent out requests for position
papers to each of the mayoral candidates.
The letters received will be run in the Where They
Stand section of the paper.
are currently four dates scheduled for the candidates’
position papers to be run:
19 — General introduction and candidate platform
2 & 3 — Specific issues
16 & 17 — More issues
23 & 24 — Closing comments
races lack real choices
Fax mentions that there is only one contested city council race,
but I would not [say] that, in effect, for the last several county
board races, the same situation has been in effect. To my memory,
in the Republican primary for several years, there usually
has been only one more candidate than there have been open seats
for the board, and it has been the same in the general election,
because there is usually only one Democrat running for office, at
try to be an informed voter, but when you have eight people
running for seven offices and all saying about the same thing, it
is pretty hard to see much of a difference. In effect, you
do not choose who to elect, you choose who to reject. It
becomes a glorified popularity contest, and I find that to be a
fairly bad basis for choosing our officials.
weakness of at-large elections is that at-large elected officials
feel no compulsion to try to be responsive to the voters in their
district, because they have no district. They do say that
they try to serve the entire county, but the city council also
serves the entire city as well as their district [ward] to whom
they are responsible.
would also ask — How often is there a contested primary
race for any office that we vote on at any level? Contested races
in primaries have become fairly rare. The only choice is often in
the general election, if you have a strong two-party system, and
we know that in Logan County the Democrats do not run well and do
not often contest races even in the general election.
says, "Be careful. You might get what you wished
for." All I can say is that the present electoral
situation has already left a very bad taste in my mouth, and
actually changing it can be no worse and could be a lot better.
LDN experimenting with a new look? I appreciate LDN's ongoing
efforts to improve, but I do want to say that I miss having the
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stories," but I read them if they're already on my screen
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different typestyles and graphics, including graphics that overlay
thought some feedback would be helpful.
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numbers show that more people from outside Lincoln than from the
city have been on the Logan County Board, Hurley says
process of electing Logan County Board members will be on the
agenda of the board's legislative committee when it meets Tuesday,
every 10 years, by law, the board must address the topic and vote
to maintain the current 'at-large' process or switch to the
members being elected from districts, based upon population.
from LDN, Top Stories, Jan. 5, 2001, "Should Logan County
continue to elect its representatives ‘at-large’?"]
former Logan County Board member has written to provide some facts
about the locality from which the members have come since the
board was established in 1972. Dick Hurley writes in regard to the
upcoming district or at-large issue that may go to a vote on the
membership and chairmanship of the Logan County Board have been
dominated by people outside the city of Lincoln.
the 46 people who have served on the board since its inception in
1972, 27 have come from outside the city. Only 19 were from within
the city. Since 1972, 12 people have been chairman of the Logan
County Board. Nine of these reside outside the city. Only three
have been Lincoln residents.
the present chairman of the Logan County Board resides outside the
city limits. He cannot vote for the mayor of Lincoln and cannot
serve as a Lincoln alderman. Chairmanship of the Logan County
Board has been in the hands of Lincoln residents for only six
years, while chairmen from outside the city have controlled the
chairmanship for 22 years.
Logan County Board of Supervisors, which preceded the Logan County
Board, decided that the Logan County Board would be elected
at-large, and not from township districts as the Board of
Supervisors had been. Evidently, from the experience with
government from districts, they saw the wisdom of at-large
at-large election of county board members has served the county
well. It makes all members of the county board responsible to the
whole county and not to a small segment or district.
a person is reasonably well known, has a reputation for integrity
and gets out into all areas of the county of Logan, that person
will be elected. A good example of that truth is a present member
of the board. He is a newer member, lives in the northwest area of
the county, has a good name, works hard, is known for integrity
and got out in two general elections and campaigned. And in both
general elections he garnered the highest number of votes of all
10 years the Logan County Board is directed by state statute to
make the determination as to how its members will be chosen — at
large or from districts. For the decades of the ’80s and ’90s,
the Logan County Board made the decision to stay with the at-large
selection of its members. That method has been, and is, serving
well the county of Logan and its people.
myth that the county board over the years has been dominated by
Lincoln residents is just that — a myth. The facts paint a
totally different picture.
the system isn’t broke — don’t fix it.
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