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As a 35-year Lincolnite, I come from a family with deep roots in Lincoln, Nebraska. My wife Alisha and I live in an older neighborhood in Lincoln, and have seven children and one grandchild. My mother, who grew up just blocks from our home, was in the first full graduating class at Lincoln Southeast in 1959, and went on to be a successful 4-term county treasurer. My father, a retired pilot and Air Force Major General, is an Omaha native — he met my mother at UNL in the 1960s.
My appreciation for Lincoln stems from its great assets: strong faith base, Midwestern values, excellent work ethic, solid middle class, vibrant companies, affordable living. The city is a safe and comfortable place for my wife and seven children to live and call home. My main drivers are my faith, family, and aviation. I firmly believe local elections are crucial to the foundation of America, and the only vote we have to make a real change.
Lincoln has an unusual lack of airline service for a city with a population approaching 300,000. Access to transportation is a key tenet to a city’s success. In the 1980s and 90s, when Lincoln’s population was 192,000, we had numerous airlines serving multiple cities using mainline aircraft such as 727s, 737s, and even 757s. Now with a population approaching 300,000, the Lincoln airline service has stagnated to just one regional airline with only seven flights a day, to three cities. The lack of air service hinders our citizens from traveling, and our local businesses and universities from thriving. In comparison, neighboring peer midwestern cities with roughly half our population have five airlines and 20+ flights a day. It seems as if Lincoln has accepted defeat and has changed its habits to accommodate the new unacceptable normal.
The bottom line is: Whatever Lincoln has been doing is NOT WORKING. The state of transportation in our city is in full crisis. I am running for Lincoln Airport Authority Board because Lincoln needs an experienced business and aviation industry professional with the passion to turn the tide, change the habits, and make real changes. I know both Lincoln and the airline industry firsthand, and I have the passion to go out and procure air service in Lincoln and bring global and major airlines to our great city.
Paid for by Chris Stokes For Lincoln Airport Authority
2810 S 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
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