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Lincoln mayoral candidate: Pat O'Neill

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[February 19, 2009]  The following is a position paper from Pat O'Neill, a candidate for mayor of Lincoln:

DonutsI feel that I have many qualifications to be mayor of Lincoln. First and foremost I have lived in Lincoln my entire life and I have a great desire to give back to this community which has been so good to me. I have over 33 years of retail management experience, including 5 years as union steward and negotiating team member. I am presently in my 3rd term on the Logan County Board where I have been committee chairman for Animal Control, Waste Management, the Health Department and Community Action. I am presently Vice-Chairman of the Logan County Board. I have gained much experience over the last 6 years in how our local government operates and how to make the best possible use of our taxpayers' dollars. I am a strong communicator and a real people-person. I not only know what it takes to get a job done but I am more than willing to put forth the strong dedication and hard work needed in order to achieve the task at hand. I feel that I am a strong leader who can easily get people involved and on board with new ideas.

All of the education in the world cannot offset common sense, good values and the willingness to do what is best for other people.

I believe that I can instill honesty and respect to the office of mayor, which will appeal to businesses and other communities working with and in Lincoln.


My community service record will attest to my character.

I have a vision for making Lincoln a better community for all of its citizens.

If we continue to push the same ideas and repeat the same plans, we will continue to get the same results. I would like to give Lincoln a strong leader who is brave enough to take on tough challenges and implement new plans and ideas in order to make positive changes that will benefit our citizens and make this community live up to its potential. I would like to restore pride, respect and appreciation for what we have and get Lincoln back to being a clean and beautiful community full of services and opportunities.

I am very motivated and excited to explore and implement some of my many plans and ideas.

One necessary aspect will be revenue enhancement and making the best use of our hard-earned tax dollars and other sources of revenue. Some of my ideas include cutting the fat from our city budget and exploring new ways of expanding upon our economic growth and tourism. I would like to explore the idea of hiring a grant writer in order to find untapped sources of revenue.

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I would like to implement new zoning ordinances and codes, possibly hire a code enforcement officer and implement a new process of enforcement in order to deal with these types of violations and clean up our neighborhoods. This will also create a new source of revenue and free up our police and fire departments from responding to such matters. A beautiful community will attract more families and more business to Lincoln which will in turn create more revenue.

I would like to establish a clearly-defined chain of command within our city government with specific job descriptions and standard protocols to follow when handling a problem. This will put everyone on the same page and ensure that everyone is working together as a team. I would also like to ensure a long term program to honor our students, citizens and businesses. By taking the time to recognize the good that they do for our community we are opening so many doors of communication and showing appreciation for what we have. What better way to market Lincoln as a great community than by celebrating what we have and showing that our city government and mayor are positive, visible, interested and involved with the people of our community.

I would also like to work towards making Lincoln a greener community, focusing on energy efficiency and recycling which is not only good for the environment but good for our budget as well; work toward providing ample, affordable hous(ing) for our citizens; build upon our great educational foundation by focusing on our public schools and colleges; provide public transportation to our citizens and rebuild our other public services such as our police, fire and street departments. I want to make Lincoln the type of community everyone wants to live in. This is a challenge I feel that I can accomplish during my term as mayor.

Another motivating factor in my decision to run for mayor is my love for the people of this community. It is my desire to give Lincoln the type of mayor who is interested, available and involved with our citizens, in the community and in all of the positive activities they participate in. The citizens of Lincoln deserve a leader who can relate to them, communicate with them and sincerely care about and address their concerns. I hope to be that leader.

[Text copied from file received from Pat O'Neill]


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