LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Yesterday's general election was the highest turnout Lincoln has seen for a general election in 16 years.
36 percent of voters cast ballots yesterday, and Kelly Clancy, a political science professor at Nebraska Wesleyan said, she thinks voters are sending a message about keeping Lincoln a livable community.
"I think it's an exciting time to be paying attention to local politics because there's a lot of energy around it that wasn't there before."
Clancy said, the increase in voting trends is probably because voters are becoming more involved in all areas of public life in Lincoln. She said that voters want to make Lincoln a great place to live, with things like affordable housing, better streets and quality education. Clancy attributes Gaylor Baird's victory to her "centrist" campaign, which likely resonated with more voters. Gaylor Baird won by 9 percentage points.
"We want to make sure this is a safe, strong community with a great quality of life for all of our residents," said Gaylor Baird.
Clancy said the expanding demographics of Lincoln, especially the combination of people moving in with both conservative and liberal values, tend to make the city more "purple" than anything.
"You tend to want to make it your own and contribute to the civic life," said Clancy.