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Lincoln Airport Authority (Vote for 2)


Zachary James

Party: Democrat

Richard Nuernberger

Party: Republican

Robert F Selig

Party: Nonpartisan


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[CONTACT CONNECTIONS] Information about making contact with the candidate.

Zachary James

Contacted by constituent.
3-13-17, 8:30pm, Left message
3-14-17, 8:17pm , Left message
3-18-17, Left FB message
3-18-17, Sent email w/code & date
3-19-17, Received email from Zach with his personal email address. Sent information
3-23-17, 3:04pm, Email reminder even though past original deadline
4-5-17, mailed brochure invitation to participate
ANSWERS SUBMITTED April 19, 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Note: Candidate would have had opportunity to view opponents answers before responding.

Richard Nuernberger

Contacted by constituent.
3/13/17, connected by phone
3/13/17, 7:57pm, access code emailed
ANSWERS SUBMITTED March 15, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

Provided by candidate:
rnuernberger@neb.rr.com

Robert F Selig

Contacted by constituent.
3/13/17, 8:52pm, access code emailed
3/14/17, 12:58pm, candidate stated had received the email.
ANSWERS SUBMITTED March 14, 2017, 1 p.m.

Provided by candidate:

Robert F. Selig, AAE
7901 Hacienda Drive
Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-904-6078

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[BIOGRAPHICAL] Please include biographical information, e.g. family members, affiliations such as church and/or professional groups, employment, etc. you consider important for voters to know. You may also reference your website.

Zachary James

As a descendant of Nebraska pioneers, I am a life-long resident of Lincoln.  I was a student in both the Catholic and public school systems. After graduating from Lincoln High School, I went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Southeast Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Vermont.  After college, I chose to come back to Lincoln  to be closer to family and start my professional career while also serving our community.
My dedication to service began as a legislative intern for then State Senator Amanda McGill. I continue to dedicate myself as a community organizer, registering young Latino voters, working as a youth coordinator for a non-partisan organization and serving as an advocate for Nebraska immigrants.
I currently work as a legal assistant for the Mora James Law Office and I am a resident of the Salt Valley View neighborhood. I am a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. You can visit my website at zacharyjames2017.com to learn more about me and my platform.

Richard Nuernberger

USN 1966-70, Grad. UNL Business college. Worked at Lincoln Plating (now Lincoln Industries) and Lincoln Glass before being elected Lancaster County Treasurer 1979. Retired after 32 years in that position. Elected to Airport Authority board. 2012. Have son Joe and two granddaughters.

Robert F Selig

- I am a current member of the Lincoln Airport Authority Board; appointed by the Mayor and the City Council in January 2017.
- Nebraska native.
- U.S. Air Force veteran.
- Retired Airport Management Executive with 40 years experience in the management of public airports and foreign trade zones.
- Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) by the American Association of Airport Executives.
- Past member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) National Board.
- Past President of AAAE/ Great Lakes Chapter representing 12 states and 2 Canadian provinces.
- Past member of the Airport Council International - Small Airport and Air Cargo Committees.
- Past Board experience with chambers of commerce, convention & visitors bureaus, economic development organizations, and school boards.
- I have a Bachlors Degree in Business Administration, and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

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[MOTIVATION/QUALIFICATIONS - AA] A. List two (2) immediate needs you want to address in this office. B. List two (2) long-range planning goals you would envision for the airport. C. What makes you the right person to address these needs and goals?

Zachary James

Currently, many area travelers rely on the passenger, air cargo and general aviation services that are currently delivered by Eppley, Central Nebraska Regional in Grand Island and  Kansas City International airports which equals economic leakage for the Lincoln market.  As a member of the Lincoln Airport Authority it will be important for me to work with the airport administration in keeping Lincoln competitive in this multi-faceted airport system.  My platform includes: making the decade old strategic plan a flexible, living document that characterizes the initiatives and contributions of Lincoln Airport and LNK Enterprise Park;  an increase in convenient, frequent and affordable flights and an additional airline carrier; while collaborating on efforts to craft and execute more public/private business partnerships in the LNK Enterprise Park area. It's important to attract more businesses to the Enterprise Park area so that we can bring in additional revenue to help pay down the airport's $61.2 million of debt. I am open to new ideas and willing to explore opportunities to invest in and maintain an effective airport system. Airport travel and operation is an ever-evolving industry and new and diverse perspectives can be transformational. As a vibrant, talented, out of the box thinker, my complement to the Airport Authority board is to thoughtfully integrate practical strategies into an already established board of directors. While capturing and utilizing the insights of a younger market, I will offer a balanced view of the aspiration for the airport and the LNK Enterprise Park to remain a vibrant community asset.

Richard Nuernberger

The big challenge for Lincoln Airport is the changes evolving in the airline industry. Lots of smaller airports are being squeezed out as airlines cut back on their service. People would like more flights out of Lincoln but airlines won't schedule flights if they aren't profitable. We encourage people to fly out of Lincoln whenever possible. We also try to encourage the airlines to keep their rates as competitive as possible for our passengers. Lincoln is easy and convenient to fly from and you don't have to stand in lines for hours. It's your airport. Use it. Keep it.

Robert F Selig

My objective in running for this position is to use my time and 40 years of experience to ensure the effective / efficient operation and a development of the Lincoln Airport, and the expansion of airport services to meet the defined transportation needs of Lincoln region.

Four specific areas that are of interest to me as an Authority Board member are:
1. Expand the current air service development program to address the needs for airline recruitment incentives.
2. Establish a program of air cargo development.
3. Increase the economic impact of the Lincoln Foreign Trade Zone located on the Airport.
4. Expand the marketing of vacant airport properties, thereby recruiting more business to the Lincoln area.

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[PERSONAL STORY] Please briefly describe a situation where you had to stand alone for what you thought was right when the momentum was pushing the other way. For example you may want to discuss when your personal views didn’t agree with your peers, an authority in your life, a donor, a lobbyist, etc. What was the result?

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

When we were consolidating motor vehicle licensing in Lancaster County there was a competition between my office and another county office, I told the county board I don't care who runs it, but it needs to be done. It was and we were the first county to consolidate the licensing process. Now every county in Nebraska has done the same.

Robert F Selig

Throughout my career I have been put into situations where unpopular decisions (in the opinion of some) had to be made to ensure the safety and security of Airport property and the traveling public. Such situations are part of the everyday job of an Airport Executive. Personal opinions aside, the Airport Director is obligated to perform his / her job in the best interest of the community they serve, and at the direction of the governing Authority Board. That focus remains with me in the position of Authority Board member.

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[CONSTITUENTS ISSUES] If elected to this office, what will be your guiding philosophy in dealing with conflict between your thinking and your constituents’ views? A. Will you vote your conscience even when a majority of your constituents disagree with you? B. How will you measure the voice of your constituents? C. When you can’t make up your mind, to whom will you go for advice? D. Describe your intended methods of availability to constituents.

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

There will always be differences of opinion on many matters. Fortunately, we don't deal with many controversial issues so it doesn't come up much. I look at it as my job is to do whatever is best for our airport and will vote accordingly.

Robert F Selig

It is the obligation of the Lincoln Airport Authority Board to follow the Open Meetings statute. Board meetings are once a month and include opportunities for "public comment". I will do my part to ensure that Open Meetings requirements are met.

I am also strategic planning focused. During my term on the Board I will encourage the Authority to initiate a strategic planning process, that would include constituent focus groups of regional travelers, that would help guide future Airport facility and business development.

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[ACTIVITIES] Describe the various activities/responsibilities of the position.

Zachary James

The Lincoln Airport Authority is a five member board of directors that are elected city-wide. The board owns and manages the Lincoln Airport as well as the LNK Enterprise Park, the largest industrial park in the Midwest. The board meets once a month and is also responsible for the management of commercial air service and general aviation.

Richard Nuernberger

Beside airlines, we deal with all the land and building under our authority. We have been granted taxing authority (which hasn't been used for 30 years) so our credit is excellent which we have used to help finance expansion at Duncan Aviation, Safoff recycling, Hexagon Industries and the new State Crime Lab.

Robert F Selig

The Airport Authority Board provides the necessary regional community oversight and direction of the Authority management team. Ensuring that facilities are maintained, and that the services provided are those that meet the defined needs of the community (as much as possible).

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[ACCOUNTABILITY-AIRPORT] What would you recommend for measures of accountability and transparency in airport management? Please be specific and list examples.

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

We observe the open meeting act and our meetings are open to the public. Most of our meetings are attended by a member of the press. We are about as open as can be.

Robert F Selig

Modern day airports are highly regulated and expensive public businesses. Federal regulations actually control every aspect of airport operations and the use of airport generated revenues. Failure to comply with these regulations on a daily basis can have serious liability ramifications for the Authority. Accordingly, it is essential that the Authority employ a management staff that understands these significant requirements. It is also important that Authority Board members possess a general knowledge of these requirements so that the Board can provide the necessary regulatory compliance oversight. Having just retired from an airport management role, I am readily prepared to work with the other Board members in order to meet this challenge. No training will be necessary for me to continue contributing to the effectiveness of the Board.

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[ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT] Discuss the situations related to federal government involvement in environmental issues at the airport. What do you recommend?

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

Airports and airlines are very heavily regulated so we must follow federal guidelines in just about everything we do. All our major projects have impact statements.

Robert F Selig

I have extensive experience in the application and compliance with federal regulations governing the administration and operation of public airports, including environmental regulation compliance.

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[AIRPORT BUSINESS CONNECTION] Do you, a family member, or your employer have any business relationships serving the Airport? Please describe.

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

No

Robert F Selig

I have no conflicts of interest associated with this position or any of the businesses at the Lincoln Airport.

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[ELECTED OR APPOINTED] What value do local citizens receive from this being an elected instead of appointed position?

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

I think citizens always benefit in being active in the electoral process. They become more informed on the issues and how government opperates.

Robert F Selig

Every airport where I was employed was governed by some form of appointed or elected body. For an airport organization it is essential that Board members have a business background and meet certain business related qualifications. Either the appointment method, or the elected process, works as long as quality candidates are placed in the positions to govern responsibly.

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[PERSONAL VIEWS] Voters would like to know how you handle controversial issues. For example, please provide your personal positions on abortion and same sex relationships.

Zachary James

No answer given.

Richard Nuernberger

None of this is relative to airport business so I respectfully decline to answer.

Robert F Selig

I will always assess a situation on its applicability to the operation and development of the airport. The facts of the matter at hand, and compliance with the associated state and federal regulations will determine the solution employed on each issue.

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[ANYTHING ELSE?] Declare anything else you want voters to know about you.

Zachary James

I will work tirelessly to bring in additional revenue in order to pay down the airport's $61.2 million of debt. It's time for serious solutions to this serious problem. Please, vote Zachary James for Airport Authority on May 2.

Richard Nuernberger

It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County for many years and I appreciate their support. Thank you.

Robert F Selig

In the February 22, 2017 issue of the Lincoln Journal Star, an article regarding my appointment to the Airport Authority Board by the Mayor and City Council stated, “The newest member of the Lincoln Airport Authority might be the most-qualified member in the Board’s history.”

I ask for your vote on April 4th, so that I may continue to "give back" to the airport/airline industry in my retirement, and to continue working for the best interests of Lincoln's traveling public.

Thank you for your consideration.

Bob Selig

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