Citing Lincoln’s unparalleled progress over the last four years, Gene Carroll today announced his intention to seek re-election to the Lincoln City Council. Carroll said he was proud of the tough choices made over the last four years that have grown Lincoln into a top ranked community.
Carroll holds one of the three at-large City Council seat at stake in May of 2013. The three top finishers in the at-large election assume the three Council positions. DiAnna Schimek holds one of the seats. Adam Hornung recently resigned from the third.
“Lincoln voters elected me four years ago because they believed, as I did, that building a great city requires a strong economy for good jobs, new and improved infrastructure to attract investment, and public safety and services to protect our families and help neighborhoods flourish.” Carroll said, “Today, Lincoln is ranked as one of the top places in the nation to do business, we have paved more streets in the last two years than we did in the previous two decades, and important services like police and fire protection remain strong.”
Carroll believes his business and project management experience has helped the City create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth. “My background as an entrepreneur making development projects work in the real world has helped the City identify job creation opportunities.
Mayor Chris Beutler said Carroll’s leadership has resulted in several projects that will create new development and put city land back on the tax rolls. “Gene’s ideas and planning have been a catalyst for the location of the Breslow Ice Center and the new retail, housing, and office plans for 21st & N Street. He is making a difference on growth in Lincoln.”
Along with UNL Regent Tim Clare and Mayor Chris Beutler, Carroll is one of three members of the West Haymarket Arena Joint Public Agency that governs the construction of the Pinnacle Bank Arena and associated development. “I have worked closely with the University and the private sector to keep the project on-time and on-budget so we can generate new tourism dollars, create more private sector investment, and keep our taxes low.”
“Police and fire response are the most important services we provide as a City. I fought for responsible budgets that have kept our police on the street and our firefighters on the scene of medical emergencies. "I have battled against those who believe keeping families safe is less important than budget cuts that put police and fire services at risk. I will always make the safety of our families a top priority," Carroll said.
Beutler said Carroll’s integrity, common sense, and willingness to invest in future growth are the values that have made Gene a great Council member. “Gene makes the right call for Lincoln. On issue after issue, he has played a key role in decisions that will continue to pay off for generations to come.”
“As a former basketball referee for over 20 years at the collegiate level, I understand you can’t be intimidated by the crowd. You can’t be influenced by a coach. People are depending on you to do what’s right for everyone involved,” Carroll continued.
“I try to bring the same values to leadership on the City Council. I’m excited about all the progress we’ve made over the last four years growing our economy and good jobs, protecting public safety for our families, and building infrastructure and a strong foundation for the future. I look forward to continuing to be part of Lincoln’s leadership for the future,” Carroll concluded.
Carroll is a lifelong resident of Lincoln. His wife Connie and he have been married 38 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.