NEBRASKA CITY - Syracuse attorney Bob Hallstrom announced his candidacy for state Legislature March 1 following Republican Julie Slama's announcement that she would not seek re-election to the First District.

Here is his press release:

SYRACUSE – Robert J. “Bob” Hallstrom, a third generation Nebraskan and attorney from Syracuse, filed to run for the Nebraska Legislature District 1 seat currently held by State Senator Julie Slama of Dunbar. Slama announced in February that she would not be seeking re-election.

 “I am running as a servant leader in the tradition of my parents and grandparents to be a strong conservative representative for Southeast Nebraska,” said Hallstrom. “My priorities in the Legislature will include working to reduce the property tax burden on farmers and families, being a champion for our family farmers and small business, and supporting quality education to prepare our kids and grandkids for the future.”

 Hallstrom continued, “I am pro-life, a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a fiscal conservative. Southeast Nebraska is the best place in America to call home and raise a family, and I’m determined to do everything possible to keep it that way for the next generation.”

 Bob and his wife LuRae (Speckmann) raised four children. LuRae was raised on a family farm near Elk Creek and is a realtor/broker, the chaplain at Grand Lodge in Lincoln, and serves as part-time pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Otoe. Bob is a member of the Syracuse Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past board member and president of Luther Memorial Church in Syracuse.

 Hallstrom is a partner with the Brandt, Horan, Hallstrom & Stilmock firm in Syracuse.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1981.  He is general counsel for the Nebraska Bankers Association and also represents the National Federation of Independent Business, Nebraska Pharmacists Association, and Nebraskans for Workers’ Compensation Equity and Fairness.

 In addition to the firm’s extensive government relations representation at the Unicameral, the attorneys at the law offices of Brandt, Horan, Hallstrom & Stilmock provide legal services in Syracuse and Nebraska City.  Bob Hallstrom along with his law partners provide legal services in the areas of estate planning and probate, personal injury, business planning, real estate transactions, and municipal law.