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26 apply to fill Lincoln City Council vacancy

By   /   November 27, 2012  /   1 Comment

Twenty-six Lincoln residents applied to fill a vacancy on the Lincoln City Council.

Councilman Adam Hornung recently resigned from the council to accept a new job. His is one of three at-large council positions that will be up for reelection next spring. The resumes of the applicants can be viewed here.

The applicants are:
• Roy A. Christensen
• Karla J. Cooper
• Allen Eurek
• Connie Hilligoss
• Lloyd Hinkley
• Darlene Fletcher
• William C. Jackson Jr.
• John Lenich
• James Lisec
• Tyler Mainquist
• Megan N. Mikolajczyk
• Britt C. Miller
• Tom Nesbitt
• Marcella J. Oschsner
• Perry A. Pirsch
• Amanda Podwinski
• Franklin K. Roby
• Bennie Shobe
• Matt Starr
• Scott Stuart
• Ross Teske
• Daniel Thompson
• Bob Van Valkenburg
• Diane Walkowiak
• Kristin E. Yates
• Judy Zohner

Hornung had endorsed Mark Whitehead of Whitehead Oil to fill his seat, but Whitehead was not among the applicants. Whitehead said in a press release that he decided not to apply because some council members said they would prefer to fill the vacancy with someone who does not intend to run for a full term on the council.

“My interest in serving the people of Lincoln on our City Council would be to serve for a full four-year term,” Whitehead said. Since I am not interested in only serving a 5-month term – and that appears to be the consensus of the Council majority – I saw no reason for me to submit my name at this time to fill Mr. Hornung’s vacancy.”

He said he would “announce my future intentions regarding the Lincoln City Council in the next few days or weeks.”

After reviewing the applications, the council members and Mayor Chris Beutler will each select one person for interviews. Council members will submit their choices to Council Chairman Carl Eskridge by 4 p.m. Friday and the first week of December the nominated candidates will be interviewed, and the public will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates at an open house.

Eskridge and Beutler will then offer a nomination to the full City Council for a vote at the Dec. 10 meeting.

 

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Deena Winter is a reporter for NebraskaWatchdog.org. Contact her at deena@nebraskawatchdog.org and follow her on Twitter @DeenaNEWatchdog.

  • resistwemuch

    I hope one of the applicants is “Watching From Lincoln.” He/she would be a great addition to the liberal,progressive, democrat culture that exists in the Lincoln community.

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