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Newcomer runs for Ward I council
March 17, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Justin Allred, running in Ward I

Justin Allred, a 1998 Gering High School graduate, will be running for a seat on the city council in Ward I.

“My mother is also a Gering graduate,” Allred said. “We moved back here in 1993 after living in North Platte for a number of years. Gering felt like home to me. My wife is a Scottsbluff graduate and both of our families live in the area.”

This is Allred’s first run for public office and he works with Masek Golf Car Co. in Gering.

“I sat through some city council meetings last year and saw some need for younger representation,” he said. “I think the community could benefit from a young perspective.”

Allred’s neighbor is current Ward I council member Joyce Hillman-Kortum, who chose not to run for a third term this fall.

“We’ve talked with Joyce before and I’ve always said if she ever stepped down, I’d probably run,” he said. “She said ‘Why not?’ when I asked her about running. There isn’t any particular area that has sparked my interest in running, just that there’s a need.”

Allred said he wants to see good things for Gering and the new supermarket is another step forward. “I’d like to see more businesses come to Gering. The supermarket proved that other businesses can succeed here. It’s a matter of being a business-friendly community.”

Gering’s Ward I City Council race is the only one that will appear on the May 15 primary ballot. Allred will run against Steven Koralewski and Ric Johns, who made an unsuccessful run for the seat two years ago. This year’s general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.
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