On Tuesday, candidates vying for the position of Lincoln’s mayor have been urged to forego attack ads in favor of a dialogue with the community.
The first public forum since the primary election will commence at 6 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
All candidates for mayor and a municipal council who made it to the general election have been invited to participate.
Almost a dozen organizations, including the League of Women Voters, OutNebraska, and the NAACP’s Lincoln branch, have collaborated on this project.
On Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and former State Senator Suzanne Geist received the most votes.
Then, Geist declared her intention to resign from the Nebraska Legislature in order to focus solely on her mayoral campaign.
Just days before the primary election, Gaylor Baird urged Geist to denounce the falsehoods, which she claims are being disseminated by Together Nebraska, a political action committee supporting the former senator.
Gaylor Baird stated, “Buying elections with sleazy attack advertisements full of lies may be effective at the national level, but we should deny this strategy in our city.”
She was referring to advertisements claiming the mayor does not reside in Lincoln.
It does not appear that Geist has addressed the issue, but she did issue a statement after the election stating, “Lincoln electors have spoken, it is evident they are ready for a change, and it is time for Lincoln to move forward.”