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City of Holdrege, City Council, Ward 3

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    Russell Carlston

  • Nicholas Smith

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your city/town/village?

If elected, what would be your top priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider your top three priorities? Please detail.

What is the biggest challenge in your community and how would you address it?

Education - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Barry University - St. Joseph Medical Center
Current Public Office, dates held NA
Past Public Office, dates held NA
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience - Mission Medical Clinic - TPMF Medical Mission - Catania Italy Mission - Special Olympics - Heal to Stride - JDRF Walk - Helping Hands Hurricane Harvey
Address 721 Hancock Street Holdrege, NE 68949
Marital Status Married
Age 35
To help further the economy within Holdrege, we need to create business-friendly policies to attract employers and make use of currently vacated buildings. We can also engage with current businesses to find ways to support them, their workforce, the potential to create new jobs, and contribute to residents quality of life. Discussion with residents to learn their needs or desires for new services and amenities as well as any policies or ordinances which may be negatively affecting their quality of life is essential moving forward.
A top priority in an extreme weather event would be the creation or review of an emergency preparedness plan regarding appropriate shelter and access to needed items when sheltering in place or in situations involving evacuations. Likewise, another top priority would be the maintaining of utility services and roadway access for essential workers as well as emergency services.
Economic development would be my top priority with a focus on encouraging business growth, reviewing regulatory hurdles and carefully scrutinizing the sale of land/buildings for local projects to ensure they properly serve our community. Second, fiscal responsibility is an important aspect of any healthy city. Budgets should be balanced, debts paid and a reserve fund maintained. Lastly, the city of Holdrege needs an increase in affordable housing. We should seek and support partnerships to improve neighborhoods and rentals. Deregulation of unnecessary housing ordinances should also be considered so people have more control over their personal property.
A large number of Holdrege business employees presently do not reside within Holdrege and an increase in affordable housing is necessary to recruit and retain that workforce. There are a number of homes in a state of ruin and a plan should be made so that those lots may have functional and safe housing as both a way of providing housing to residents but also to help beautify Holdrege. Quality housing is essential and Holdrege needs to encourage efficient, practical residential construction with high standards.
Military experience United States Marine Corps
Volunteer experience SPYAC past president two years Holdrege wrestling club
Marital Status Married
Age 44
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