This is the official website of Democratic candidate Bob Nelson. He is running for State Representative, 16th District of Kentucky. He is listed as a write-in candidate for the election in November.
I was born in 1959 in San Fernando, California. My father was in the United States military, so my family moved around a bit until my dad was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1968 and I’ve been here ever since. I have always loved living in Kentucky, and consider myself fortunate to have grown up here. There is no greater state pride than we Kentuckians have. If you live here, you are surely proud of it. United we stand, divided we fall.
My parents instilled in me the importance of church, education, the value of hard work, and respect for others and myself. As the dad of two stepdaughters I have tried to pass those values down to them, and seeing them as adults I am very proud of what they have accomplished, believing those values to be fully realized. I would say that I have lived a simple and normal life, enjoying independence and the satisfaction of figuring things out for myself. I honestly believe that I would not change a thing about how I have arrived where I am today. I have great friends and family: they are the reasons why I want to continue serving and helping others. Public service gives us a chance to make a difference in people’s lives and improve the world around us. I am a retired teacher now, so my days usually involve time at the local gym, some sort of building project at home or for a friend, I substitute teach quite often, and I read frequently. I also enjoy traveling around the country and I love football. I have played and coached football, a sport that taught me how hard one has to work to achieve something.
I graduated from Jesse Stuart High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1978. I did my undergraduate work at Murray State University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. I also have an Area in Education with specializations in Social Studies and Science, which I completed in 1990. I earned my Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1996.
For the past 27 years, it has been my pleasure to serve the public as a teacher in the Logan County and Russellville Independent school systems, where I taught both high school and middle school social studies and science. Most recently, I worked at Logan County High School where I taught courses in Advanced Placement US Government and Politics, US History, and Integrated Social Studies: World Geography, Civics and Economics. I have worked with and helped train several local Kentucky public school teachers, which has made me acutely aware of state and national governmental policies that are damaging our educational system and attacking teachers financially, professionally, and personally. Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world. Education is society’s most important investment in the future. I believe young people deserve our investment in their educational endeavors, whatever their vocation may be. As such, we should not saddle them with overwhelming debt, but we should establish an economy that provides opportunities for all, regardless of race or geography.
Prior to becoming a teacher and moving to Logan County, I worked for a tree and wood products business in Murray, Kentucky. That job afforded me the opportunity to work outdoors and to understand the importance of environmental justice and responsible stewardship of public and private lands. There are few things more sacred than the land upon which we live and we cannot take our world for granted. We can live well without exploiting our natural resources for excessive profits. I believe we need to show respect not only for one another, but also for this precious land we live on: and if we do not, we lose. Eventually, we will have to recognize that human beings cannot live without a healthy Earth, healthy communities, and healthy households.
I have lived in a few towns in Kentucky, but treasure most my home in Russellville, Logan County, and the beautiful small lakes, rivers, woods and fields of South Central Kentucky. I chose to settle here because I felt at home. This community is filled with genuine and friendly people who are always eager to share a good time or a good story and I cannot help but feel good when I am among them. The fondness I have for the people here and my concern for our shared future inspires me to seek election for this beloved district.