Wednesday Nov 03 2010
Nader and Hydrick win
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
They take two City Council seats
Lincoln’s two new City Council members are Stan Nader and Gabriel Hydrick. As of press time Wednesday, Nader received 6,588 votes and Hydrick received 4,914. There were 24,637 total votes for the City Council race. Richard Pearl came in third with 3,815 votes, incumbent Linda Stackpoole took fourth place with 3,795 votes, Jeff Greenberg took fifth with 3,356, and Reid Barney came in last with 2,088 votes. The News Messenger spoke with Nader, Hydrick, Greenberg and Barney Tuesday night when the poll results started coming in. “Well, win or lose, we did the very best we could to communicate to voters what we thought was going to be the best message for the citizens of Lincoln,” Nader said. “Win or lose, I’m going to stay involved with the community and with the city government because there’s no question things have to change. We can’t continue as business as usual.” Hydrick called the race “the ride of a lifetime.” “It’s one I would not have ever anticipated,” Hydrick said. “I’m thrilled and excited, and I’m jittery because of the excitement and I know it’s not over until it’s over. I’m gonna hang in there and see what the final result is.” Greenberg called the race a “good election.” “I enjoyed doing it, and whoever gets elected, I wish them the best,” Greenberg said. Greenberg added that he will continue to organize Lincoln events, such as the Rib Festival and Italian Festival. Barney congratulated all of the candidates. “Even though some of us differed on some points, everyone ran a clean campaign,” Barney said. “I’d like to say everyone who voted for me, thank you so much. I’d like to say thank you to all of the people who went to the candidate forums.” Barney said he will continue to be involved with the city and will apply to be on some city committees. “I want to thank all of those who supported my candidacy, and especially those who worked on my campaign in hosting coffees for me and walking and talking to their neighbors and friends about me,” Pearl said. “I congratulate Stan and Gabriel on their success in this election.” Stackpoole was not available for comment as of press time. Prior to Tuesday’s Election Day, The News Messenger asked the candidates what they enjoyed about the race and if the race was what they expected. Four out of six candidates, Barney, Greenberg, Hydrick and Pearl, said they enjoyed meeting others while campaigning. “I got to meet a lot of new residents that I’ve never been able to meet at other forums,” Greenberg said. Pearl said he “enjoyed talking with new people because I’m a people person.” “It’s been a pleasure for me personally to go out and meet so many people, to go out and talk them. I was humbled by how well they received me,” Barney said. “One thing I learned is if you want to make a change, and do something about a situation you don’t agree with, the only way to get something done is to be involved.” Hydrick said campaigning gave him the opportunity “to see the great assets Lincoln has in its citizenry.” Greenberg said the race was “everything I expected it to be.” “I expected to have a lot of questions asked of me by the residents of the city, and it shows that there is great concern among residents as to what is happening,” Greenberg said. Barney said he was “expecting people to be in it to win.” “The campaign was very civil and I expected a little more disagreement between the different candidates,” Barney said. “For the most part, everyone had their say and it’s been a good clean and honest campaign for the most part.” Pearl said the “interesting” part of the campaign was that it was his first. “This is the first time so everything was new to us,” Pearl said. Hydrick said the campaign “exceeded his expectations.” “I anticipated a very small campaign, and I figured it would be myself and my family,” Hydrick said. “I had a lot more community support than I anticipated.” Nader said he didn’t have “any real expectations” about the race. “I just knew that we needed to start early,” Nader said, which was because of absentee votes. ”We did a more grassroots campaign, and went door to door and identified precincts where we need to concentrate. We didn’t get to knock on every door but we got to every precinct and that’s important.” Stackpoole did not respond to phone calls and e-mail messages, as of press time Wednesday.