Occupation: Circuit Court Judge
Occupational Background: Clatsop County Circuit Court Judge, January 15, 1998 to present; Clatsop County District Court Judge, January 4, 1993 to January 15, 1998; Attorney in private practice, 1976-1992; Laborer in Plywood Mills, 1969 to 1976
Educational Background: Astoria High School, 1969; Willamette University, 1973; University of Oregon Law School, 1976
Prior Governmental Experience: Municipal Judge for the City of Astoria; Municipal Judge for the City of Gearhart; School Board, Lewis & Clark District #5; Budget Committee, Astoria School District 1-C
Judge Nelson has had the privilege of serving as a District and Circuit Court Judge for Clatsop County for the past twelve years. The voters of Clatsop County are asked to consider electing him for another six-year term.
When Judge Nelson first ran for the position which he currently holds, he said he would try to bring experience, a sense of hard work and fairness to the court. He has done so, and will continue to do so if elected for another term. Clatsop County has a high case load per judge which results in being one of the busiest courts in the state, but Judge Nelson is committed to having cases heard in a timely manner. He decides each case on its own merits and will continue to be fair and consistent on cases that come before him.
In addition, Judge Nelson has continued to be involved in the community. He is an active member of First Lutheran Church, Warrenton Rotary, Scandinavian Festival and the Christmas Food Basket Program. He has also volunteered to serve with various civic and charitable committees, school functions and in the past has coached several boys and girls softball and basketball teams.
(This information furnished by The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Phil