In the mayoral race, Keith Snyder won in a landslide over Mike
Thornton and Pat O'Neill. Snyder took 72 percent of the total vote
with 1,646 votes to Thornton's 345 and O'Neill's 303.
In the aldermanic races:
Ward 2 -- Newcomer
David Wilmert defeated incumbent Verl Prather 337-143.
Ward 3 --
Incumbent David Armbrust held on to his seat with 153 votes over
William Haak with 132 and Ken Allen with 33.
Ward 4 -- Nathan Turner doubled the
count to win incumbent Wanda Lee Rohlfs' seat 279-133.
At a gathering of supporters at Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Snyder
seemed shocked by his huge win. He told those gathered at the
popular downtown eatery that he had a speech prepared in the event
he lost but wasn't sure what to say with such overwhelming numbers
electing him as the Republican candidate for mayor of Lincoln.
Asked if the margin of victory should be taken by him as a
mandate from voters, Snyder acknowledged that his message must have
hit home with the community.
"I am grateful for all the support. I am humbled by this. I am
grateful that the community responded to our message," Snyder said.
Snyder wanted to give praise to his opponents. "Mike and Pat were
good opponents. We discussed the issues and they were gentlemen," he
said. "I enjoyed the toe-to-toe I had with them."
Besides the many thank-yous Snyder gave to all those who helped
in his campaign, he brought a large applause when he said, "It looks
like the people of Lincoln are for economic development." Snyder was
alluding to the fact that of the three candidates, he was the
strongest proponent of the continuation of the economic development
He went on to joke that since Sept. 30, when he announced his
candidacy, his house has been a mess, with campaign materials strewn
everywhere, including the dining room.
Meanwhile, back over at the courthouse rotunda, that old
chalkboard was serving another good purpose: a backdrop for
photo-ops. Both first-time winners Turner and Wilmert had their
pictures taken in front of the scoreboard showing their final
Individually, Turner and Wilmert each expressed sincere appreciation
to the voters who came out and to those that supported them.
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After saying, "Goodnight, Dad," to his father, who'd been there
for the win, and with his wife, Sarah, by his side, Turner said that
he was excited about all the opportunities in the city and was
looking forward to getting started working. He would be focused on
the budget for the city and economic development.
Wilmert, who has a strong background in and works in the computer
industry, is looking forward to getting technology projects started,
including e-mail and other processes that would open up
communications with the city.
Alderwoman Melody Anderson stopped over to the rotunda to offer
congratulations to the winners and invited the newcomers to attend
the upcoming budget hearings scheduled for two Saturday mornings in
Currently there are no Democratic candidates for either the
mayoral or aldermanic positions slated in the upcoming general
election that takes place in six weeks, on April 7.
General election winners take office when they are sworn in at
the first meeting of the city's new fiscal year, which would be on
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