Decoding the Ballot: 2023 Lincoln Municipal Elections

DECODING THE BALLOT is a nonpartisan guide designed to bring clarity to your options in the 2023 Lincoln municipal elections.

Welcome to Decoding the Ballot 2023! This nonpartisan resource from Civic Nebraska explains the roles, responsibilities, and compensation for elected offices on ballots for the April 4 primary election and May 2 general election in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each entry has a brief description of the office’s responsibilities, terms, and salary, if applicable. For more information, please contact our Election Protection Line at 402.890.5291, visit Election 2023 Central or email me at
Thank you for being an informed participant in your democracy!
Heather Engdahl, Director of Voting Rights, Civic Nebraska
Candidate list – April 4 primary
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City of Lincoln

4-year term
Limited to three consecutive terms
$99,251 annually
Primary election (April 4): Voters will be asked to choose one of three declared candidates. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election. 
General election (May 2): Lincoln voters will select who will serve as mayor through 2027.
The mayor is the City of Lincoln’s chief executive. The responsibilities of the role include proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members, and overseeing the city’s day-to-day operations. The mayor also has veto powers and represents the city on the state, national, and international levels.
4-year term
$24,000 annually
Primary election (April 4): Voters from each district will be asked to choose one candidate. The top two vote-getters from each district will advance to the general election.
General election (May 2): Four of the Council’s seven seats are up for election.
The Lincoln City Council is the city’s main legislative body and is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances.
The City Council has seven members: Four are elected within the city’s four districts and three are elected at large. In 2023, voters will select council members from the city’s four districts, while the three at-large seats will be up for election in 2025.
Map of Lincoln City Council districts

Lincoln Public Schools

4-year term
Primary election (April 4): District residents will be asked to select one candidate. The top two vote-getters in each district will advance to the general election.
General election (May 2): Three of the Board’s seven seats are up for election.
The Board of Education is the elected governing body of Lincoln Public Schools, the second-largest school district in the state with more than 40,000 students enrolled. The Board shares its decision-making processes with parents, students, other citizens, and staff members. Board Members are elected by district to four-year terms and serve without pay. In 2023, three seats will be up for election – Districts 2, 4, and 6. 
Map of Lincoln’s school board districts

Lincoln Airport Authority

6-year term
Primary election (April 4): City voters can select up to two of five declared candidates. The top four vote-getters will advance to the general election.
General election (May 2): Two of five seats are up for election.

The Lincoln Airport Authority is a local government entity existing under the Nebraska Airport Authorities Act of 1959. The airport is owned by the City of Lincoln, but the city has given care, custody, and control of the airport to the Authority and the Authority maintains and operates the airport. The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by Lincoln voters. The Authority operates the airport as well as an industrial park, consisting mostly of manufacturing and warehousing tenants. The airport has about 85 employees including its own police force, as well as customer service, facilities and maintenance, and administrative personnel. Two of the five-member board seats are up for election in 2023.


After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507