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September 22, 2011


Council to appoint — ahem, consider appointing — Schimek to council Monday

by Deena Winter

Although we all know that former senator DiAnna Schimek will be replacing Jayne Snyder on the Lincoln City Council, let’s suspend reality for a moment and read the mayor’s press release today on what’s going to happen on Monday:

Former Sen. DiAnna Schimek

The Lincoln City Council will vote on the nomination of former State Senator DiAnna Schimek to fill the vacant Council seat formally held by Jayne Snyder, on Monday September 26, according to City Council Chairman Gene Carroll.

Carroll previously announced he would select a name for Council vote from nominations made by his fellow Council members. Jon Camp and Adam Hornung nominated Mary Bills-Strand, a local realtor. Carl Eskridge, Jonathan Cook, and Doug Emery nominated DiAnna Schimek.

“We were fortunate to have two such outstanding citizens nominated for the Council seat. Mary Bills-Strand has been a community leader on a number of issues facing the City. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and her accomplishments,” Carroll said.

“It was a difficult decision as both candidates have a great deal to offer the community. But in the end, I thought DiAnna’s strengths filled a void that has been needed since John Spatz left the Council. The City needs to work closely with the Legislature on issues that impact the City of Lincoln. With DiAnna’s 20 years as a state senator, no one is better positioned to help the City make progress on issues such as the Commission on Industrial Relations, jobs creation, and state regulation.”

“DiAnna has a reputation for building consensus and has demonstrated a long history of working with people across a broad political spectrum. She brings people together and will provide the same spirit of non-partisanship to the Council that is characteristic of our non-partisan Legislature,” Carroll said.

Carroll also cited Schimek’s breadth of experience as a factor, “DiAnna has faced a variety of issues in her career, from health policy to economic development, jobs creation to affordable housing to performance auditing. She will hit the ground running from day one and provide an important perspective on many issues from which we can all benefit.”

“I think DiAnna is the best choice for moving Lincoln forward,” Carroll said.

The Chair’s nominee must receive four Council votes to be elected to the vacant Council seat. If no one is elected on Monday the 26th, the process is repeated at the October 3rd meeting until the open seat is filled.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sep 22 2011

    Can not believe she would want to be on the council.

  2. Jane H Kinsey
    Sep 22 2011

    So this is how democracy works? Bubbies as LJS notes are promoting buddies. Again Lincoln
    leadership proves a good ol’ boy system. The 5th person in the last city council race should have moved into the vacant position-Svoboda.

  3. Publius
    Sep 22 2011

    Actually the 20 years in the state senate should be the reason she is not appointed to the city council! Career politicians…. Doesn’t the city have a charter to govern itself by when these situations arise? Again, no accountability… none whatsoever!!!!

  4. Roberta
    Sep 23 2011

    The train is running, can anyone stop it. Republican’s where are you?

  5. Roger Yant
    Sep 23 2011

    She DiAnna has not received one vote from the tax payers of Lincoln for this seat. Who ever ran against Jane and came in second actually got votes from the people of Lincoln, I have no idea who that is, but that person at least garnered votes from the tax payers and is more qualified. Here we go, another political hack who has spent much of their lives on the inside of government. Can we say rubber stamp!

  6. David Fall
    Sep 23 2011

    Dianna has been a friend of mine for 40 years. We are fortunate she has an interest in returning to public service.Her commitment to local government reformwill serve us well in these troubled times.

  7. Buzz
    Sep 23 2011

    We’ll see if David’s right or if the city council vote continues being 5 to 2.

  8. BL
    Sep 24 2011

    Keep putting those tax paid lawyers to work mayor. Thank you, may we have another.

  9. Jane H Kinsey
    Sep 24 2011

    Just wait for more taxes to be placed on you with Schimek and Beutler at work along with the rest of the Democrats.-rise in city sales tax, restore city income from the state and limits to Foley’s investigative abilities-all part of Beutler’s grand design.

  10. jim
    Sep 25 2011

    She is one big rubber stamp. Foley for MAYOR.


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