Lou Braatz is a member of Lincoln Democratic Socialists of America.
Lincoln council run
Louis "Lou" Braatz III, who describes himself as a community volunteer and activist, has announced he is running for one of the three at-large seats on the Lincoln City Council spring, 2017.
Braatz, 36, said he has worked with others to try to change things from the outside and now wants to try to shape the future of the city from the inside.
"I believe in people coming together from all backgrounds to shape the future of our city. Together, many have tried to communicate, and effectively collaborate with our government with varying degrees of success from the outside. So why not try going inside?" he said in an email about his candidacy.
Braatz is seeking one of the at-large council seats, meaning the council members can live anywhere in the city, rather than in a specific geographic district.
Voters will elect three at-large representatives to the seven-member council in the spring elections.
Braatz said he is a stay-at-home dad with three girls, ages 7 to 11, and has worked on three election campaigns: Patsy Koch Johns, who ran successfully for the state Board of Education; Larry Scherer, an unsuccessful legislative candidate; and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Braatz's platform includes scheduling more City Council meetings in the evening so "working residents can join in the conversations" and a commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change, support for the city's park system and for promoting a safe, inclusive environment.
- DSA has endorsed DSA member Lou Braatz for Lincoln City Council! The local Lincoln DSA chapter has also endorsed Lou! Let's get to work and make some #CallsForLou #LouForLincoln
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Lincoln DSA Facebook group
Members of the Lincoln Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of April 1, 2017, included Lou Braatz.