The Beatrice City Council has its third non-incumbent candidate for the upcoming election, as Timothy Fralin has filed for office in ward 1, the current spot of council member Phil Cook.
Cook has not filed for reelection as of Thursday.
Fralin was born and raised in Beatrice, and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1987. He was a member of the Marine Corps for 11 years before moving back to Beatrice and started working at Neapco Components in 1998, where he is now the warehouse logistics and distribution manager.
Over the years, Fralin has been involved with the Beatrice Bullets baseball, Beatrice Bombers football, Beatrice High School sports and athletics, Southeast Community College sports and Beatrice Wrestling Club teams. He is also on the Leadership Beatrice advisory board through the Chamber of Commerce, which he notes as a reason for him filing.
Fralin said he previously ran for city council in 2000, but backed out due to the birth of his child.
“Now that he's old enough and out of the house, and with my involvement through all of the other stuff I do in the city of Beatrice I thought this was the next step,” Fralin said.
Fralin said an improvement he’d focus on is cleaning up areas around town.
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“A lot of visitors come to town to see Neapco and we take them around town, and there's some stuff that needs to be cleaned up that's kind of unsightly,” Fralin said. “It's small, but it's still pertinent to when we're trying to bring customers and potential employees to work at our factories here in Beatrice, not just Neapco.”
Fralin also suggested the council members and community leaders have more involvement with events around. He gave the Beatrice Police Department’s lunch with a cop program as an example.
“I just came back from my parent’s house in southern Missouri, and their local fire department had a pancake feed. Really get the community involved, especially with the new fire department coming up,” Fralin said. “It took a lot of people to vote for that, and this is something they could be doing as a revenue generator for themselves to build a little fund there to purchase some of the equipment.”
Overall, Fralin said there are several businesses and individuals currently improving the community.
“I think that Beatrice is in the process of being able to thrive. I think there’s a lot of good stuff going on in town, and it’s time to build on what our current leadership has,” Fralin said.
The other council members up for election or reelection are Ted Fairbanks in ward two, Rich Kerr in ward three and David “Pede” Catlin in ward four.
During the primary election on May 12, the top two vote getters in each ward advance to the Nov. 3 general election, where they’ll be voted on again.
The last day for incumbents to file for the primary ballot is Feb. 18, and the last day for non-incumbents to file for the primary ballot is March 2.