mayoral candidate enters race
Snyder: Working together key for brighter future for Lincoln
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[October 01, 2008]
On a chilly afternoon when most of the crowd
would have wished they brought a hat with them, Keith Snyder
officially threw his into the Lincoln mayoral race. Snyder, before a
crowd of approximately 100 supporters, kicked off his campaign for
mayor of Lincoln with a description of his vision for Lincoln.
The candidate was introduced to the crowd by John Guzzardo, an
ex-mayor of Lincoln himself, who was enthused about Snyder's
decision. "This is a great day for Lincoln," he said. Mentioning
that Snyder is a lifelong resident of Lincoln who has made a career
in Lincoln and is raising a family here, Guzzardo said, "I love this
guy," as the crowd applauded.
Although Snyder stated he would get
into further detail about his plans as the campaign moves on, he did
give the listeners an outline of his thoughts and intentions if
"The people of Lincoln deserve a city they can be proud of -- a
hometown that is a showplace of care and attention, history and
heritage," he said. "They deserve a Lincoln where there is economic
opportunity for everyone -- for the person who simply wants a job,
for the person who wants a more challenging career, for the existing
business owner who wants to expand, and for the person who wants to
dream a little and start a brand-new company and become their own
"Residents also deserve a city where quality matters -- a place
where they know things are done right in the public sector and in
the private sector.
"They also deserve a city that embraces the future by planning
for it; a place that knows that we can shape our own destiny and
don't have to simply accept what happens; a place that when
Springfield or Washington or Wall Street is in turmoil, they know
that their Main Street is in fiscally responsible hands and is
The location of his announcement, on the grassy knoll at the
corners of Pekin and Kickapoo streets, was chosen by Snyder
specifically to show a parallel of his faith in this city. With the
recently purchased and under-restoration Scully Building behind him,
he noted that the building, which had recently "seen hard times,
still stood and is still standing."
Snyder summarized his ideas for how to create the future he
envisions for Lincoln by outlining his three-point platform for the
campaign. The city needs to "Energize its Economic Development
Efforts," "Elevate Community Pride" and "Engage the Future," he
explained. He promised further detail about each of those points as
the campaign unfolds. He added that he believes it is important to
have a solid working relationship with the Lincoln & Logan County
Development Partnership and the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce.
"The main reason I'm optimistic about the future is
the hearts of our people," he said.
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"When all of us in Lincoln come together, we show that the
greatest thing about this town isn't its centralized location, its
proximity to the interstate, its basketball team or even how it got
its name. The greatest thing about Lincoln is its people. With all
of us working together, we can build that better and brighter future
the people of Lincoln deserve."
Snyder made reference to the weekend's Together for Lincoln event
throughout the city to solidify his point. He said he believed the
day where almost 1,000 members of more than a dozen churches worked
together on over 120 projects for others might be one of "the
greatest days in Lincoln's history."
He said that city government has four principal functions. They
are "to take action, offer encouragement, lead by example and get
out of the way."
The campaign's committee was announced with Snyder saying he had
three co-chairs: John Guzzardo, Bill Gossett and Marty Ahrends. His
treasurer is Dana Sydney.
Snyder is running for the Republican nomination for mayor in the
Feb. 24, 2009, primary. The winner of that primary will face the
nominated Democratic candidate in the April 7, 2009, general
Keith currently is vice-president of the Lincoln Community High
School Board of Education. He served on the District 27 Board of
Education for nine years. He is employed as assistant vice president
at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.
A graduate of LCHS, Snyder earned a bachelor's degree in
political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield and
an MBA from Illinois State University. He had a 23-year career with
the Illinois State Senate as a legislative analyst and ethics
His wife, Beth, is a first-grade teacher at Washington-Monroe
Elementary School. They have two daughters, Hannah and Hayley. His
parents are Buck and Lois Snyder of Lincoln.
Snyder finished his remarks by saying, "We have work to do. Let's
get at it."
[News release; LDN]