Occupation: Director, Youth Employability Support Services, Mt. Hood Community College, 2006-Present.
Occupational Background: Director, Gear-Up, Portland Community College, 2001-2006; Program Specialist, Columbia Education Center, 1988-2000.
Educational Background: AA in Arts, Mt. Hood Community College, 1987; BS in Social Science, Portland State University, 1988; MA in Education, Portland State University, 1992.
Prior Governmental Experience: Reynolds School Board, 1999-Present, Current Chairman.
"John Nelsen is exactly the type of representative East County needs. He has the vision, the experience and the leadership ability to bring people together and get the work done."
Former House Speaker
EDUCATION AS A PRIORITY
As school board chairman, John Nelsen developed and supported successful programs and worked towards efficient, cost-effective ways to educate our kids. John understands our schools and neighborhoods. His experience will make a difference for children across Oregon.
People need job security. As a life-long East County resident, John will focus on jobs and economic growth. In Salem, John will work to develop a business-friendly Oregon that attracts investment, creates jobs, and fosters financial security for East County.
John will make sure there is accountability and transparency in government. John believes government must be better stewards of public funds and avoid asking voters for new taxes to fund programs.
FIGHTING FOR YOUR SAFETY
Gang and drug-related crimes make us all vulnerable. John wants even tougher sanctions for repeat and violent offenders. He knows we need to work together to make our communities safer.
John Nelsen has a history of bringing together diverse groups and interests. He understands that while people have different backgrounds and values, we all want safety, prosperity, and quality education for our children and families.
"John Nelsen has been a great advocate for our community. He truly cares about the quality of education and safety for our children. We need John to be our voice in Salem."
Theresa Delaney Davis
Reynolds School Board
(This information furnished by Friends of John Nelsen.)