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LINCOLN — The city of Lincoln soon will have a new mayor.

Local Realtor Seth Goodman beat three other candidates, including incumbent Mayor Marty Neitzel in the Republican primary Tuesday. No Democrat has filed for the April 4 municipal election.

Goodman, 29, was born and raised in Lincoln and owns ME Realty. He has been active in several community groups and organizations.

“The first thing is that I am proud of the people of Lincoln for coming out to vote because they said it was one of the largest turnouts we have had for a primary election, and that’s just wonderful,” he said.

Voter turnout was reported at 22.22 percent.

“I wasn’t sure how I would do going into it, but I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve Lincoln as their youngest mayor ever,” he said. “I love a challenge and that’s just what it’s going to be.

"I am looking forward to working with the council and working for our citizens.”

Previously, Goodman said he wanted to also work on lowering real estate taxes for residents.

Goodman received 864 votes for 39 percent of the vote. Following him were Neitzel, 557 votes (25 percent), Wanda Lee Rohlfs, an alderman from 2005 to 2009 and the former director of Main Street Lincoln, 437 votes (20 percent); and Logan County Board member Kevin Bateman, 313 votes (14 percent).

For Ward 2 alderman, incumbent Kathy Horn beat challenger Katie Mesner, 266 to 179. In Ward 3, challenger Ron Keller beat incumbent Jonie Tibbs 278 to 196.

Republicans Horn and Keller also are unopposed in the April 4 election.

​Follow Kevin Barlow on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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