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Mayoral candidate questions posed by Lincoln Daily News:

If you are elected mayor:

  1. What will be your main focus as mayor?
  2. What are other areas that you will develop or maintain?
  3. What are your strengths to lead this community?
  4. What is your position on working with the Lincoln/Logan County Development Partnership?
  5. What lines of communication will you develop with other government entities: state, county, nearby cities?
  6. How do you intend to build more revenues for the city?
  7. What would you like the time of your administration to be remembered for?
  8. How will your leadership inspire community spirit?

Lincoln mayor candidate: Pat O'Neill

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[FEB. 18, 2005]  Pat O'Neill for mayor:


  • Two years county board member
  • Two years Logan County Animal Control chairman
  • 28 years Kroger employee
  • Present employer: Eaton Corporation
  • Co-chair Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Task Force
  • Member of Youth, Disability, Senior Citizens, Minority Committee for the city of Lincoln
  • Union steward for Local 550 for five years
  • Member of union negotiation committee team for Local 550 of United Food, Commercial Workers Union
  • Past or present member of Lincoln Jaycees and K of C
  • Past Lincoln Bowling Association officer for two years
  • League secretary for 20 years, Elite Kickapoo League
  • Past instructor for Young Bowlers Alliance (YABA) for two years
  • Past member of UFCW and present member of Teamsters and Machinist union

Responses to questions:

1. My main focus as mayor is to revitalize the community. I believe we are suited for a bedroom community, with a strong educational foundation, grade schools through colleges. 

As mayor, will work strongly with our four colleges on any expansion plans, increasing courses to choose from, etc., to attract more students. Having 4,000-plus young people for eight-plus months a year is a very appealing market for retail service-type jobs coming to Lincoln.

Second: Affordable housing. Will strongly enforce city codes to upgrade properties that are boarded up and unlivable. To which there are 30-plus such houses that can be available for people to live.

Third: Tourism. This is a booming market for us. We need to really be ready to capitalize on this. With the new Lincoln Library opening up soon [Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield] there will be an overwhelming number of people traveling through or by Lincoln. I will work with tourism to help promote, market or advertise Lincoln in any way possible.

With these three issues I firmly believe will bring much-needed growth to Lincoln. 

2. Other areas that I will develop or maintain: First off I will strive to reinstate the laid off city workers, firefighters and police to full capacity, ending citizens' concerns for safety issues. I will seek to eliminate one city workshop and city council meeting a month. This could save up to $18,000 a year of taxpayers' money while still getting done what needs to be done. 

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I will work to re-establish the Neighborhood Watch program, holding town block meetings throughout Lincoln, appointing a chairman for each area to organize volunteers to assist police in fighting crime.

3. My strengths to lead this community: I believe to be my personality and character. Anyone who wants to know what type of mayor I would be, just look at my two years as Animal Control chairman. The proof that I can take a bad situation and turn it around in a matter of a few months as evidenced with the success we now have at the shelter. I can do this for the city of Lincoln.

4. We're only as strong as we can be if we work together. So, it is important that the mayor and Lincoln/Logan County Development Partnership and the county board put all egos aside and work together for the betterment of Lincoln.

5. Lines of communication: This I believe is my strong point. I'm a great motivator and can get people to jump on board with my beliefs. Open-door policy is very important for one thing, and to develop a strong pattern of being someone that you can work with, which in turn will create a good relationship for all parties involved.

6. Besides the first part of my platform, I'm also prepared to offer a property tax incentive break for property owners choosing to upgrade or add onto their property, providing they provide proof that they will invest $10,000 or more and that 75 percent of material and labor comes from Lincoln, Logan County. Then I propose waiving their property taxes for three years, the fourth year paying what they paid before the upgrading, with the fifth year paying the new assessed tax increase.

This I strongly feel will greatly increase our tax bases, sales wise, as well. As property taxes are added to the increased value of property, it will also give many people a chance to clean up and make badly needed improvements. This should also greatly clean up the community, increase overall market value of all property and attract interested parties to come to Lincoln to buy. I strongly believe this to bring in something between $200,000 to $500,000 a year much-needed revenue.

7. I would like to be remembered as a man of action and also a man of my word, as well as a cherished role model for our youth.

8. I'm a very positive person and do not like to dwell on negative situations. I totally believe in myself, the community, our young people, and it shows.

I'm a very happy person who really appreciates who I am and where I come from and really love sharing my optimism with everyone involved. I really believe a strong outlook on things will achieve more than negativism. I will set that example each and every day of my term in office.

[From Lincoln mayoral candidate Pat O'Neill]

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