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Lincoln City Council (Vote for 3)


Leirion Gaylor Baird

Party: Democrat

Roy Christensen

Party: Republican

Brayden McLaughlin

Party: Republican

Tom Nesbitt

Party: Republican

Bennie Shobe

Party: Democrat

Maggie Mae Squires

Party: Democrat


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

Leirion Gaylor Baird

Incumbent
3/12/17, 9:49pm, emailed opportunity to request access code
3/15/17, 2:40pm, messaged on Facebook
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp giving 3/21/17 deadline.

Roy Christensen

incumbent
3/12/17, 9:25pm, left Facebook message
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp stating 3/21 deadline
3/23/17, 6:25pm, reminder phone message

Brayden McLaughlin

3/12/17, 9:31pm, Facebook message
3/15/17, 2:35pm, reminder Facebook
3/15/17, aft, said would look at questions
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp giving 3/21/17 deadline.
3/23/17, 6:28pm, phone mailbox full
4/3/17, mailed candidate invitation brochure including access code
4/15/17, 2:18pm, left message
4/20/17, 10:15pm, Facebook message to campaign
4/20/17, 10:17pm, campaign requested link and code
4/20/17, 10:18pm, link and code sent by Facebook

Tom Nesbitt

3/12/17, 9:29pm, Facebook message
3/12/17, evening, candidate sent email address
3/14/17, 5:47pm, emailed code
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, MailChimp stating 3/21 deadline
3/23/17, 6:27pm, reminder phone message
4/3/17, mailed candidate invitation brochure including access code
4/15/17, 2:19pm, left message on work number
4/20/17, 10:45am, sent code on Facebook
4/20/17, 10:50am, candidate said on Facebook, "I apologize for not completing. I have received so very many surveys and try to complete them all. I will attempt to get done. Thanks!"

Bennie Shobe

3/12/17, 9:36pm, Facebooked opportunity to request access code
3/15/17, 2:32pm, Reminder Facebook
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, Facebook giving 3/21/17 deadline.
4/3/17, mailed candidate invitation brochure including access code
4/15/17, 2:23pm, left phone message

Maggie Mae Squires

3/12/17, 9:39pm, Facebooked opportunity to request access code
3/12/17, 11:30pm, Candidate Facebooked asking for questionnaire
3/12/17, 11:40pm, Code emailed
3/17/17, 4:24 pm, given 3/21/17 deadline.
4/5/17, Mailing sent requesting participation following Primary,

ANSWERS SUBMITTED April 10, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Provided by candidate:
Website: MaggieForLincoln.com
Email: MaggieForLincoln@gmail.com

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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.

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

My name is Maggie Squires, a fourth-generation Nebraska born and raised in Valentine. As a Democratic candidate for Lincoln City Council, I seek to improve the quality of life for working families and to provide a voice for the vulnerable. I own and operate my own business, Maggie Mae’s Namaste. I work with patients in Madonna’s traumatic brain injury unit, Tabitha Memory Care, St. Monica’s Drug Rehabilitation Center, Lincoln Yoga Center, Empower Yourself Yoga, and Van Dorn Villa as well as teaching weekly classes. After working as an aide for Senator Bill Avery (2012-14) I trained at Integral Yoga Institute in New York City to obtain RYT certification. I have a B.A. in philosophy (physics minor) from Nebraska Wesleyan, and in 2010 earned a Master’s in Management from Doane College. I’m 35 years old; my husband Tony is an artist at Iron Brush Tattoo. Lincoln has been my home for fifteen years, and I plan to stay and help our beautiful city grow.

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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?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

I am in the Democratic Party & a PAC was formed to help elect Democratic candidates. However, because of my pro-cannabis stance, the PAC pulled support from my campaign. So, I am the underdog candidate with no support from Big Money donors. Although, I did not have support from the PAC, the mayor, or my own party, my message resonated with voters. I managed to win & make it through the primary election, far exceeding all expectations. I am not afraid to stand alone for sensible policies & I will always be a voice for the vulnerable.

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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.

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

My door will always be open to constituents. They can call or stop by anytime & expect to talk to me. I will hold public forums & town halls so that I have the opportunity to listen to the views & concerns of the people who elected me. I will speak to experts in the fields of interest & listen to all viewpoints. I will vote in a way that protects the tax payer interests & will never side with Big Money influences or parties, I will always be a voice for the people.

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[COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT] What community involvement activities would you recommend to combat crime?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

Get involved at your local church, Rec Center, or find any opportunity to volunteer & serve people. Get involved with local chapters of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, organize a neighborhood garden or BBQ. Take a walk with friends & pick up trash. There are so many opportunities to leave the world a little better than when we found it. It is rewarding to know you helped make our community a better place to live.

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[CRIME] Describe the recommendations you picture for decreasing gang violence, managing traffic property crimes, and identifying “white collar” crime.

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

We need to invest resources in community programs that help find jobs for low-income neighborhoods. It's necessary to pay people a living wage & close tax loopholes that allow for white collar tax havens. White collar crime is no different than blue collar crime & the penalties should be the same.

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[TAX RELIEF/CONTRACTS] As always, property tax is an issue, especially when the county changes assessed property values. What can the city do to cut expenses and therefore provide some relief? How will/do you assure that contract work is performed according to standards as a way to save “redo” expenses? For example, some have suggested that potholes are a result of paying the lowest bidder and getting the least quality work.

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

Be vigilant & watch for yearly assessments to keep your property taxes lower. Also, we need to begin the installation of solar on rooftops. This puts cash back into taxpayer's pockets. We need to use longterm planning & high quality materials & use companies that reside in state. It is important that we remember sometimes the best option is at a higher cost upfront, but pays off in staying power.

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[IMMIGRATION] Though commonly considered a federal issue, what responsibility do you see the state/county/city holding concerning undocumented immigrants?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

It's important to provide programs that facilitate refugees & immigrants so they can become tax paying members of our economy.

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[TIF] Some see TIF (Tax Increment Financing) serving economic development by giving new business locations a “break” on paying taxes to the city by paying gradually over time. In your opinion, how and when should TIF be used? Is there an overall amount that you think should be the limit for TIF for the city?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

TIF is important to redevolpment. There should be credits on fees given to companies who install solar, wind or other renewable energy generation on new developments & redevelopments. Further, TIF should only be given in-state businesses that are offer reasonable/competitive bids for services. It would also be a good idea to split TIF giving, say, 70% to companies & 30% to residents. We also need to stop the gentrification of neighborhoods by including projects appropriate for low-income families.

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[PUBLIC/PRIVATE] Discuss what you would do to assure transparency and accountability for entities in public and private partnerships.

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

I will always be open & honest with the public & expect the same of ALL elected officials. I will support legislation that ensures transparency & accountability.

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[ABORTION-LEGAL] Would you define yourself as pro-life or pro-choice? Under what circumstances should abortion be legal?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

I am a firm believer that each person deserves the right to make all decisions related to their own body. I support Doctor Client privacy/privilege. I will never assume I know the best decision for each person's unique life.

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["MARRIAGE" - L] Should city taxpayers pay the benefit costs associated with same sex spouses? Why or why not?

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

A marriage is a legally binding document that the city, state & Fed should honor.

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

Leirion Gaylor Baird

No answer given.

Roy Christensen

No answer given.

Brayden McLaughlin

No answer given.

Tom Nesbitt

No answer given.

Bennie Shobe

No answer given.

Maggie Mae Squires

Lincoln has seen much progress the last few years; unemployment remains low, new businesses are popping up throughout the city. We have a new arena that draws top-notch talent in the newly developed Haymarket. New bikes lanes line downtown streets. Family-friendly public spaces like Union Plaza and Tower Square provide a place for community fellowship, music and art events. The recent Recycle Lincoln ordinance continues our trend towards greater social responsibility and lower environmental impact. All of these improvements, while helpful to both tourists and residents, also come with ongoing financial impact for our citizens, and many are still struggling.

Despite visible changes, the quality of life for working families has stagnated in Lincoln. We are known as a “family-friendly” city, a great place to raise a family, yet working families juggle jobs and children with little improvement in their circumstances. Real estate prices, rental costs, and taxes have gone up. Wages and job opportunities have not grown, but costs of living continue to rise. The cost of food and medicine has skyrocketed, leaving many--myself included--to choose between paying bills and buying the food or medicine we need. Saddled with student loan debt, many of our university graduates leave to find more lucrative work in larger, more progressive cities.

I wish to pursue a longer-term plan for Lincoln. We can no longer look five years ahead. Imagine how you want Lincoln to look in 20 or 30 years. We must pursue new and difficult conversations about the direction of our beautiful city. Lincoln needs to craft collaborative efforts that involve multiple organizations and city resources, like those modeled by Innovation Campus. This interface between public and private needs to be pursued even more vigorously. Partnerships with both for and nonprofit organizations can sustain vibrant, diverse neighborhoods that house our newest citizens—refugees and immigrants. Programs that assist incoming children and families deserve support so they can participate in and contribute to our economy. Although we have a fine public school system, Lincoln has not kept up with our growing population, and both students and staff suffer from lack of adequate resources and schools filled to overflowing.

Strengthening our public schools and colleges creates educational opportunities that prepare our children to become leaders and to participate in a strong economy. Lincoln must continue efforts to attract young people and develop the industries that make them want to stay. Educational and training opportunities need to be available to all, especially low-income students.

As a fiscal conservative, I believe solid long-term planning is essential to Lincoln’s future. It’s not seeking economic balance to keep building structures that keep our taxes high without return on investment. Solar and wind development promise well-paying jobs, energy savings for businesses and individuals and sustained overall growth. Pinnacle Bank Arena should be covered in solar panels, as well as all new developments, city buildings and schools. Jobs related to sustainable energy must become a permanent part of our economy, and a permanent solution to the damaging (and vanishing) use of fossil fuels. Furthering energy incentive programs for both individuals and businesses, and creating stronger initiatives for preserving water resources are ways in which we can pursue lower environmental impact in our city. Weatherizing and redevelopment offer economic opportunities that create good jobs and save on energy costs— these benefits stay in our community.
As a progressive candidate, I am not afraid to address problems directly nor to discuss them with people who do not share the same views. As I knock doors and speak to young Nebraskans I hear again and again, “People who don’t like change stay in Nebraska.” Is that really true? I believe Lincoln has the opportunity to set an example that the rest of our state will want to follow; that process has already begun. Together we can Grow Lincoln!

Civic engagement is essential for Lincoln’s growth. Please encourage others as you prepare to vote in our local election. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, email me: maggieforlincoln@gmail.com.

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