Nebraska’s second-largest city is about to get a new leader for the first time in 12 years.

Lincoln voters have the choice between two City Council members who’ve presented diverging visions for the future of city government.

Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird and Republican Cyndi Lamm both say they want Nebraska’s capital city to grow, thrive and attract new people.

And they have some similar goals — both intend to increase the full strength of sworn officers in the Lincoln Police Department, for example.

But their priorities differ. In addition to public safety, Gaylor Baird puts her focus on improving the city’s infrastructure and general quality of life issues.

“I want Lincoln to be increasingly known, not just here in Nebraska, but across the country, as a place of innovation and excitement and forward movement,” she said.

Lamm’s focus is on lowering taxes and increasing government transparency, in particular by making the city’s spending more accessible online.

“I believe it’s the people’s money and that the mayor has a sacred trust to steward that money in a way that people approve of and a way that allows people to save more of their hard-earned dollars,” Lamm said.

Both candidates also want to pursue public-private partnerships.

The position is officially nonpartisan, but the race has a decidedly partisan flavor. Outgoing Mayor Chris Beutler, a longtime heavy hitter in the Nebraska Democratic Party, has backed Gaylor Baird, as have the city’s public safety unions. Gov. Pete Ricketts and other major Republicans support Lamm.

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As of April 22 — including the contested primary — Gaylor Baird had raised about $535,000 and Lamm has raised about $180,000.

Beutler is leaving office after 12 years at the helm after voters approved a Republican-backed measure to impose term limits on the office.

Whoever is elected will oversee implementation of a new voter-approved ¼-cent city sales tax. Expected to generate $13 million a year and expire after six years, the tax is primarily aimed at rehabilitation of existing streets.

The path for Lamm, 60, to Lincoln City Council took her through a stint of teenage homelessness and a period of poverty, before finally reaching law school and elected office. She has also served as a legislative aide and a clerk for the Nebraska Supreme Court. She founded her own law firm in 2010. She said she wants to help the community that helped her succeed.

“I wanted to give back to my community for what is my city of dreams and make sure it can be a city of dreams for anyone,” she said.

Gaylor Baird, 47, grew up in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Yale University. She started her career as a management consultant and worked as a city budget and policy analyst and director of an enrichment program for low-income children. In Lincoln, she served on the Planning Commission before becoming an at-large City Council member. She said her parents, both teachers, inspired her.

“I just learned early on that you could have a career that’s focused on improving the lives of others. … Not only for my kids but for everyone’s kids,” she said. “I feel so fortunate to live in Lincoln and experience the quality of life and safe community we have here.”

The election is Tuesday.