By Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star

Roy Christensen, a small-business owner and community volunteer, has announced he will be a candidate for the Lincoln City Council in the spring 2013 city elections.

“Lincoln’s families and small businesses need a strong voice on the city council and someone who listens,” said Christensen, owner of Christensen Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, in a news release announcing his candidacy.

Christensen said he would “hold the line on taxes, prioritize city spending, invest in roads and public safety, and fight to attract and retain good-paying jobs.”

The 53-year-old Republican applied for the open seat recently vacated by Adam Hornung. Council members decided they would appoint someone who would not be running for election in the spring.

Christensen will formally kick off his campaign early next year, and will be vying for one of three at-large council seats that will be part of the spring city election.

He is the first Republican to announce intentions to seek that seat. The council is a nonpartisan race, meaning party labels do not appear on the ballot, but the parties do get involved in recruiting and supporting candidates.

Christensen said his job as an audiologist has taught him the importance of listening to what people have to say.

“If I’m elected, I’ll hold quarterly listening sessions or town hall meetings around Lincoln and attend as many neighborhood association meetings as I can fit on my calendar.”

In 2009, when Christensen’s family asked him how he wanted to celebrate his 50th birthday, he said he wanted to give something back to the Lincoln community.

He organized a waffle feed fundraiser benefiting the Lincoln Food Bank and the Boy Scouts. He has held the fundraiser for the past four years.

Christensen earned his Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Science in audiology from Idaho State University. He served in the U.S. Army-Medical Services Corps.

He and his wife, Ramiel, have seven children and eight grandchildren.

Three other people have announced their candidacies for the at-large seat: Leirion Gaylor Baird, Roger Dodson and Gene Carroll.