Lincoln Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird announces bid for Mayor

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- On Thursday morning, Lincoln Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird announced her bid for Mayor.

Gaylor Baird tweeted, "Excited to announce I'm running for Mayor of Lincoln! More to come soon. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to take this step."

According to the City of Lincoln's website, Leirion Gaylor Baird was elected to the Lincoln City Council as an at-large representative in May 2013. Her priorities include public safety and improved emergency response times; repair and growth of Lincoln's street and sidewalk network; continued support of libraries, parks, pools, and trails; sustainable access to a clean and sufficient water supply; tech infrastructure development; increased efficiency and cost-savings in the City/County procurement process; and ensuring Lincoln remains a top-ranked city in which to work and raise a family.

Prior to her election, Leirion was a Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commissioner and a member of the LPlan Advisory Committee that produced the 2040 Comprehensive Plan - the strategic roadmap for Lincoln's growth and development over the next three decades.

Leirion began her career as a management consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies become more efficient. She has also worked as a city budget analyst and as a director of an innovative after-school and summer enrichment program designed to improve educational outcomes for children from low-income communities.

Leirion has a B.A. in History from Yale and a Master's degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford. She and her husband, Scott, have three children.