Nelson Announces Bid for Senate in District 13

Supervisor Max Wilson and Former Yuma Mayor Larry Nelson Named Honorary Co-Chairs 

District 13 – Long-time public servant Senator John Nelson filed 1,171 signatures, the maximum allowed, today in his bid to continue his service in the State Senate representing District 13. The newly labeled LD13 includes much of the area Nelson has represented for more than a decade as a State lawmaker with lines expanded to include northern Yuma. Nelson currently resides within this district.

Sen. Nelson has already gained wide support from the Yuma area, including former Mayor of Yuma Larry Nelson who is serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman for Nelson’s committee. Former Mayor Nelson says, “Senator Nelson truly understands our needs. He has done a lot for Yuma and for Western Arizona over the years. He has been leader on military issues as well as education, transportation, and public safety. Over the years, I have worked with him on military issues and know him to be a man dedicated to our military. He is the only candidate who can represent this entire district.”

LD13 is home to three military bases including Luke Air Force Base, Yuma Proving Grounds, and the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. Senator Nelson currently serves as Vice-Chair of Veterans and Military Affairs.

Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson will also be serving as an Honorary Campaign Chairman. Wilson, who was appointed by Governor Brewer to sit on the Military Affairs Commission said, “Sen. Nelson has shown a steadfast commitment to military bases across the state. He understands the critical value that the military brings to Arizona and our country. John Nelson has been a champion for our armed forces, our veterans, and the safety of our country.”

Former Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox, the Chairman of Sen. Nelson’s campaign committee says, “Sen. Nelson has a proud history of serving the taxpayers – from his time in the U.S. Army to his time on the Phoenix City Council. He has worked tirelessly as a member of the State House and the State Senate to protect the taxpayer and do what’s right for his constituents.”

During the most recent legislative session, Sen. Nelson sponsored several bills including legislation that would protect and preserve military bases as well as a measure to build a World War II memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza.

Sen. Nelson says, “I have been honored to serve the people of Arizona and am proud of my track record of protecting our military bases, supporting quality education, and backing policies that foster job creation. I am the only candidate with the experience necessary to warrant the best representation for District 13, I would be honored to have your vote,” said Senator Nelson.

About John Nelson

Sen. Nelson is the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee, an NRA Life Endowment Member, Chairman of the Maryvale Hospital Board of Trustees, Member in Good Standing of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau, and was active in the creation of Valley Partnership Organization. Nelson worked as a Civil Engineer for more than two decades and also served in the U.S. Army, First Infantry Division.

Sen. Nelson served on the Phoenix City Council for 16 years. He was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2001. He was re-elected 3 times before running for the Arizona State Senate. Sen. Nelson has served in the Senate for 4 years.

Senator Nelson and his wife Monica have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Arizona State Senate Vote Detail on SB 1322

Here is today’s vote detail on State Senate Bill 1322:

Here is the bill summary:

Purpose: Requires a city with a population of over 200,000 persons to furnish all municipal services with an anticipated cost of greater than $50,000 via a service contract that has been entered into through open and competitive bidding.

Background: The governing body of a city or town, may, by ordinance, create the office of city or town manager, and appoint a person to fill that office.

Cities are responsible for providing services for the benefit of the public or its residents, including all related internal management services, support services, enterprise and fee-funded services and administrative services including municipal judges, police services, municipal firefighters, 911 operators, tax collection and audit enforcement services.

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

My guess is that several Republican Senators just invited a Primary challenge in 2012. Republicans Rich Crandall, John McComish and John Nelson voted with the Democrats AGAINST the bill.