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Bob Nelson begins run for New Haven mayor

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Bob Nelson begins run for New Haven mayor; promises ‘inclusive’ government

Kevin Leininger | News Sentinel

New Haven voters will have a choice in May’s Republican primary between a New Haven city councilman and the latest to announce his candidacy, East Allen County Schools board president Robert Nelson.

“We want to give people in New Haven their voice back,” Nelson said Thursday at the New Haven Community Center, where around 30 backers attended his inaugural campaign event.

EACS official runs for New Haven mayor

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EACS official runs for New Haven mayor

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New Haven voters will have a choice in May’s Republican primary between a New Haven city councilman and the latest to announce his candidacy, East Allen County Schools board president Robert Nelson.

“We want to give people in New Haven their voice back,” Nelson said Thursday at the New Haven Community Center, where around 30 backers attended his inaugural campaign event.

News-Sentinel: EACS Board President Bob Nelson to run for New Haven mayor

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There will be a contest for New Haven mayor in next year’s Republican primary.

East Allen County Schools Board President Bob Nelson assured that Wednesday when he announced plans to seek the job Terry McDonald has held since 1999. McDonald was first elected as a Democrat before switching parties.

Steve McMichael, a Republican member of New Haven City Council since January 2016, announced last year he would also run for mayor in 2019.

21 Alive: East Allen County school board president running for New Haven mayor

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The school board president for East Allen County, Bob Nelson, has officially announced his intention to run for New Haven mayor.

Nelson made the announcement Wednesday morning at New Haven bakery. He can’t file the official paperwork until January but says he wanted to get his name out early.

He says New Haven is experiencing real growth and heading in a new direction, and he wants to lead and be part of that movement.

“Not only the next 4 but the next 40 years is going to be a great place to live,” Nelson said. “The additions and great things taking place as far as education in New Haven are great. New infrastructure to our schools, new businesses are coming, entrepreneurs coming to town.”

We asked Nelson what his goals and vision would be if he were to be elected.

“My goal is to move to the next generation of leadership,” Nelson said. “I’m looking to be a bridge to the next leader. my full-time outlook: in 8 years I think I can accomplish treating and bringing in, training and bringing in that next generation.”

Nelson says in the coming weeks and months, he’ll work with his focus group and begin the marketing process. Terry McDonald, who has been New Haven’s mayor for close to 20 years, said he will not seek reelection in 2019.

Journal Gazette: Nelson running for New Haven mayor

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EACS board leader seeking to replace retiring McDonald

The Journal Gazette

NEW HAVEN – More than a dozen people crowded inside New Haven Bakery on Wednesday morning to support mayoral candidate Republican Bob Nelson.

“Under my leadership, we will focus not only on the next few years, but the next 40 years,” said Nelson, the East Allen County Schools board president. “I want to prepare the next generation of leaders in New Haven.”

Nelson, 60, joins Steve McMichael, Republican city councilman and business owner, in vying to lead New Haven. Longtime incumbent Terry McDonald, a Republican, has said he is not seeking re-election in 2019.

Nelson said several people encouraged him to run for mayor. He stressed he isn’t seeking a long tenure.

“I am looking to be a bridge to the next generation of leadership,” Nelson said, speaking to an audience that included his mother, his wife, a New Haven High School administrator and two city councilmen.

Nelson, who works in marketing and public relations, has lived in New Haven more than 30 years. McMichael moved to New Haven in 2003.

Nelson was first elected to the EACS board in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. He has been board president since January 2017.

If elected as mayor, Nelson’s second term on the school board would be cut short a year. Fellow board member Chris Baker, who attended Nelson’s campaign announcement, didn’t view that possibility as a loss to East Allen.

The school district would benefit from a stronger relationship with the city, Baker said, confident Nelson won’t turn a blind eye to East Allen as mayor.

“I think it’s great for New Haven,” Baker said.

Education – along with community pride and safety and security – is an area Nelson would focus on as mayor.

Nelson summarized projects he has fought for in East Allen, including the high school renovation, the construction of a new intermediate school and the development of a vocational school. It’s time, he said, city leadership takes a stronger, more visible stand in education at the city’s private and public schools, which are doing amazing things.

“We need to tell our story,” Nelson said.

Nelson intends to be a mayor who is visible throughout the community, visiting businesses, churches and community gatherings. Everyone – elected officials, and business, community and educational leaders – will have a voice.

He promised monthly updates via print, video and social media and has formed an accountability group to hold him to his intentions.

“My leadership will be different,” Nelson said.