No big surprise here, but Councilman Doug Emery will formally announce plans to run for re-election to his seat on the City Council representing northeast Lincoln at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Engine House Cafe in Havelock.
So far the only other announced candidate for District 1 is Melissa Hilty, who is a Legislative Aide to State Sen. Ken Schilz.
Another possible candidate for the northwest district 4 now represented by John Spatz is still not sure he’s going to jump into the race. Kyle Michaelis — best known as editor of a progressive blog called the New Nebraska Network — still says he is “seriously considering” running.
A newcomer to Lincoln politics made it official today: Melissa Hilty announced her plans to run for Lincoln’s District 1 City Council seat, in northeast Lincoln.
“I plan to run a spirited campaign,” Hilty said, “By running a rigorous grassroots campaign, I will try to meet every voter before Election Day.”
She’ll be running against incumbent Democrat Doug Emery — former Lincoln postmaster.
Hilty said her top three priorities are balancing the city budget without raising property taxes, reining in wasteful spending and creating jobs.
“The working people of Lincoln are hurting. We need bold leadership to move Lincoln forward. If elected, my top priority will be to work on behalf of Lincoln’s working people and not the special interests.”
Hilty currently serves as Legislative Aide to State Sen. Ken Schilz. Hilty has been a resident of Lincoln for 11 years. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in communication studies. She is a member of Lincoln Berean Church.