Interests peak in Lincoln mayoral race
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[July 24, 2008]
Right now, midsummer in July,
next spring might seem a long way off. But there are some people in
our community who are pondering a job that begins on May 1, 2009.
Candidates are now considering whether they will participate in the
Lincoln mayoral race.
Current two-term Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman has already expressed her
intentions of running again. A citizen who would be new to the
government scene, Mike Thornton, has also expressed interest in the
seat. And, it is expected that county board member Pat O'Neill's
press conference scheduled for this afternoon is to express his
intent on seeking the office.
Also pondering a bid is 15-year
Logan County Board veteran Dick Logan. Logan is deciding if life
after politics should in fact be more politics. The 62-year-old
District 2 board member lost a re-election bid this spring to
political newcomer Jan Schumacher. The county board seats change on
Logan, who is chairman of the county board for a rare second
term, states he at first decided his political career was over after
his defeat. "I have had so many people come up to me and ask me if I
was going to run for mayor that I believe I have to give the idea
some serious thought."
He says that he doesn't carry any grudges or have any personal
problem with the current Lincoln mayor. "I would just do some things
differently than she does," he said. "I also understand the workings
of county government, and I can bring that perspective into city
government. I believe it is essential that the city and county work
together as much as possible for the benefit of everyone in the
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Logan's current plans are to actively put out feelers to area
businesses and individuals to determine if his name should be added
to the Republican mayoral primary election, which more than likely
will be this February.
"If as many people vote for me as have asked me if I will run, or
that I should run, then I have a good chance of winning," he said
and smiled. "But I want to get a better handle on what the people of
this community want in their next mayor, and I want to see what they
think of my ideas for change, in the event I am elected."
In the event that four or more candidates do file for the office,
a primary election will be held on Feb. 24.