Mayoral candidates square off ahead of Tuesday's election

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - On May 7, Lincoln will vote on its new mayor.
The candidates, two current city councilwomen, are utilizing every minute they have left to win your vote.

While they’re both city councilors, they have differing opinions. Like what to do with the downtown library?

"The opportunity with a downtown library is to have a place that is centrally located. That is an opportunity to educate and engage, and to provide access to technology to those who may not have it in their own home," said Gaylor Baird.

"We should explore all other options that aren't going to be as costly to the tax payer. Including the option of the YWCA and look at remodeling and renovating that space.” said Lamm.

Other topics discussed were the city's budget, housing affordability and attracting more people to Lincoln.

"I want to lead a city that everybody is able to have it be the city of their dreams. I want to lead a safe, vibrant, prosperous community,” said Lamm.

"I will continue to work collaboratively and with a consensus building style to ensure our communities safety, to invest in the basics like the streets and sidewalks and infrastructure that grow opportunities and job opportunities," said Gaylor Baird.

Lamm stresses that she's the protector of the tax payer dollar and wants government to move out of the way.

Baird wants to capitalize on what she says is the city's momentum.

"We’ve worked hard together to get to where we are now and we can work together to do even more for this community,” said Baird.

The final debate is taking place Wednesday at the Museum of American Speed. It is not open to the public.

Last month in the primary election Lamm and Gaylord Baird were separated by roughly 3,000 votes. However third place candidate Jeff Kirkpatrick has endorsed Gaylor Baird.

If those 8,600 people now voted for Gaylor Baird then Lamm has quite a bit of ground to make up. The election is Tuesday. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p-m.