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New candidate files for Gering council
February 09, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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In his first run for elected office, Lance Cline has filed for Gering City Council in Ward II.

After graduation from Scottsbluff, he moved to Denver for 12 years before returning to Gering, where he currently works for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

“I’m not quite sure how I decided to get into politics, but I always want to see the council do more for the city,” Cline said. “This is an opportunity to get involved and see how I can help out.”

More jobs and bringing more businesses to Gering, along with downtown development, is an issue that’s important to him. “I see too many people leave because there’s nothing her for them,” he said. “And the teenagers don’t see anything that would help them establish roots here, so they leave as well.”

Cline said he was opposed to last year’s proposal to merge the Gering and Scottsbluff police departments. While Gering, Scottsbluff and Terrytown should cooperate in providing some services such as police and fire protection, he said it’s important for each city to remain its own entity.

Another issue that brought out lots of citizen comment last year was the city’s fireworks ordinance and the hours when fireworks could be discharged.

“That brought out a lot of strong feelings, but it was neither here nor there to me,” Cline said. “People seem to forget they were doing the same thing when they were kids.”

Cline said that as a new council member, his main priority would be to become familiar with how the city operates, then offer ideas as the opportunity comes along.

Don Christensen is the current council member up for re-election this year in Ward II. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 is the last day for incumbents to file for office for the 2012 primary election. An incumbent is any person currently serving in an elective office even if the candidate is filing for the same or a different office. Thursday, March 1, 2012 is the last day for non-incumbents to file for an elective office.

This year’s primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15.
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