Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird declared Lincoln’s new mayor

Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird declared Lincoln’s new mayor
Leirion Gaylor Baird

LINCOLN — Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird has been declared Lincoln’s new mayor, defeating Republican challenger Cyndi Lamm by approximately 5,500 votes.

The Tuesday election was to determine who replaces outgoing Mayor Chris Beutler, who is leaving after 12 years because of term limits. Both of the candidates on the ballot are members of the Lincoln City Council.

The new mayor will oversee implementation of a new voter-approved ¼-cent city sales tax, primarily aimed at rehabilitation of streets.

A $9.9 million stormwater bond issue also on Tuesday’s ballot passed.

The bond issue would help clear nearly 500 homes and businesses from a floodplain, including along a drainage channel in north and central Lincoln, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

City officials say the 20-year bond would add about $6 a year to the property tax bill on a home valued at $183,000.

Also on the ballot were four City Council seats and races on the Lincoln Education Board and Lincoln Airport Authority Board.