Special to the Tribune
Asheville – Following the annual Veterans Day Program at the Charles George VA Medical Center, local resident Nancy Nehls Nelson announced she will run for a newly-formed open County Commissioner’s seat in District 1, which now includes parts of Asheville and West Asheville, Woodfin, Leicester, Sandy Mush, Alexander, Jupiter and Weaverville.
Nelson believes the time is right to apply her experience in project management and financial oversight directly to county government, following the events brought to light regarding county officials’ questionable use of our taxpayer money. “Fiscal oversight is more important now than ever before,” said Nelson. “Residents want county government to be held accountable for how our taxes are used. I want to address those concerns and continue to make Buncombe County even better.”
Nelson, a tireless community advocate, is committed to the support of crucial public health issues for veterans and others in need, excellence in all levels of public education, simplified access to county services, and wise land use that entices job growth. She is also committed to partnering with state government elected officials, who so closely monitor the work done by the commission.
She is a member of the county Land Conservation Advisory Board and a non-scientific member of the VA Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. She has served as a Board of Elections Precinct Judge and a Member of the Weaverville Planning Board and has worked on several non-profit boards, including Blue Ridge Public Radio.
Nelson teaches studio art at UNCA’s OLLI College for Seniors and has coached elementary school-age girls in the Girls on the Run program.
Nelson holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Masters Certificate from Stevens Institute of Technology in Project Management. She is committed to serving as a trusted, accessible commissioner, responsive to all constituents.
She lives in the Reems Creek Valley community outside of Weaverville with her three rescue dogs. “Local government is an extension of community. My priorities as a county commissioner remain clear and that’s to work for the benefit of our entire community,” said Nelson.
More information about the campaign will be available at www.n3buncombe.com