Marijuana Activist Gabel is in Lincoln mayoral poll fray

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 29, 2018.

Krystal Gabel, an advocate for marijuana legalization, announced on her Facebook page Thursday that she is running for Lincoln mayor.

"Lincoln needs fresh, nonpartisan leadership to build a smarter, greener economy that directly benefits the community and Nebraska’s future," Gabel says on her website.

Gabel has decided to contest the mayor election as an independent candidate. She lists the top item of her platform as legalizing marijuana in Lincoln.

"By implementing a full cannabis decriminalization policy within Lincoln City limits, residents will be able to legally possess marijuana and grow plants for personal use (no sales)," Gabel wrote on Facebook.

"The City of Lincoln and LPD would no longer pursue low-level marijuana cases (possession and consumption) and actively work to seal all past marijuana convictions en masse. My intent is to save the city thousands in marijuana enforcement costs and apply that money to city expenses that are currently funded by property taxes," she added. 

The other agendas of her political electoral manifestos includes starting a citywide free bus service, creating a zero waste program and encouraging e-commerce companies to expand and thrive in Lincoln.

This apart, one can see her full platform on her website. Gabel unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Pete Ricketts in the Republican primary earlier this year. She also had decided to run for Omaha City Council last year, however, she fell short in her attempt.

The other top contenders of the Lincoln mayor election are Mayor Chris Beutler, a Democrat, and Lincoln City Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm, a Republican.

Both Beutler and Lamm have announced they'll run for mayor in 2019, although the former would be ineligible to run again if the term limits proposal passes.

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