From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Roy Christensen, 57, has filed for re-election to the Lincoln City Council, saying he wants to continue fighting to cut property taxes and improving Lincoln’s quality of life.
“For four years I’ve focused on cutting property taxes and setting spending priorities while working to improve the quality of life for Lincoln families and seniors,” said Christensen, in a news release announcing his re-election bid.
Christensen was elected to an at-large seat on the council in 2013.
“Along the way I’ve challenged the status quo, asked tough questions, and fought for greater transparency at city hall,” Christensen said in the news release.
During his time on the council, Christensen spearheaded the effort to add more police, promoted compressed natural gas StarTran buses that will save the city $1.3 million over the next 15 years, and worked to fast-track approval of the $16 million expansion to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, according to his news release.
As a council member, Christensen has served on the Railroad Transportation Safety District Board, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Christensen said, as the owner of Christensen Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, he knows the challenges small business owners face every day, from meeting payroll to controlling expenses and labor issues to marketing.
Christensen and his wife, Ramiel, have seven children and 10 grandchildren. He is a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Independent Business Association.
Christensen is one of seven candidates who have said they will be running for the three at-large city council seats. The primary election, April 4, will narrow the field to six. The general election is May 2.
Two of the three at-large council members — Christensen and Leirion Gaylor Baird — have announced they will run for re-election. Councilman Trent Fellers is leaving the council.
Other candidates include Brayden McLaughlin, Bennie Shobe, Tom Nesbitt, Lou Braatz III and Deb Andrews.