City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird has officially announced she is running to become Lincoln’s mayor in the 2019 spring city election, as other potential Democratic candidates consider their options.

“Lincoln is thriving. We are on an exciting path, and I have been inspired by our community’s momentum under Mayor Chris Beutler,” Gaylor Baird said in a Thursday morning news release on her candidacy.

Gaylor Baird, who has served five years on the City Council and was previously on the City-County Planning Commission, said she has been a leader, consensus builder and listener.

“I believe my job as a public servant is to listen and to act on the priorities of our community. Over the next few months I look forward to sharing my vision of how together we keep growing Lincoln’s successes,” she said in the news release.

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