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City treasurer endorses Keith Snyder for mayor

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To the editor:

We have an opportunity in the Feb. 24 Republican primary election to select a candidate for mayor of Lincoln who has a great educational and work experience background that will serve the city of Lincoln very well in future years. Keith Snyder is an outstanding candidate and can provide us with outstanding leadership starting May 1, 2009.

I feel like I know Keith Snyder well since he was on the Board of Education in District 27 when I served as superintendent. He was a board member for eight years during that time. Keith has great "people skills" and is an excellent communicator, which are vital attributes while serving as mayor of our city. He has the ability to talk with others, with an understanding of the problems and challenges that face the city now and in the future. He will be a real asset when meeting with business people and developers who are considering Lincoln as a site for their future projects.

Keith's educational background in political studies at the University of Illinois and his experience as a staff member for the Illinois state Senate Republicans and budget analyst for the Senate Appropriations Committee will provide an invaluable knowledge when he guides the city into the difficulties and uncertainties of the budget processes in the near future. In addition, his political ties with his Springfield colleagues could work to his advantage as Lincoln seeks both state and federal funds for future infrastructure and equipment needs. When with State Farm Insurance Cos. in Bloomington, Keith served as a procurement specialist, negotiating contracts for goods and services as well as serving on review teams that analyzed companywide spending and negotiated national contracts.

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This young man can get things done in an acceptable and timely manner as mayor of our community. Please join me in selecting Keith Snyder as our Republican candidate for mayor in the Feb. 24 primary. He has what it takes to be the mayor of Lincoln for the next four years and beyond. Let's not miss out on our chance to elect a truly qualified mayor for our city.

Les Plotner
City treasurer

[Posted January 27, 2009]

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