Nader and Hydrick brief government affairs committee

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln’s two newest City Council members told area government and Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce representatives Tuesday about themselves and what they’ll do once in office. They begin their council terms on Dec. 14. Speaking at the chamber’s government affairs committee breakfast Tuesday, Stan Nader said that “the time for passivity is over” in the city and that he “can’t make everyone happy.” Once in office, Nader said, he wants to start a citizen advisory auditing task force “to help make better decisions.” “It’s important we make finances clear to the voters,” Nader said. “Without good information , we can’t make good decisions.” Nader also plans on implementing a fiscal sustainability plan, which he said most cities have and also said he’s “passionate about business.” “That is what’s going to drive the recovery of the city, to retain the businesses we have and bring new ones to the community,” Nader said. “I think it’s very important that we create a positive atmosphere for businesses that want to come to the city.” Gabriel Hydrick talked about why he chose to run for City Council but did not outline what he will do once on the council. Hydrick was inspired to run for City Council after one meeting where the council talked about closing libraries. “I look at the political landscape and I’m not liking what I’m seeing,” Hydrick said. “It affects future generations.” Hydrick said he’d “do anything for his kids,” and that includes fixing the city’s finances “rather than passing it on to future generations and my posterity.”