My name is Robert Nelson and I’m proud to call Anaheim my home.
I have lived here for over twenty years with my wonderful wife Amy and our daughter. I love our remarkable city. It’s a large city, a world class destination with our Resort and Sports Venues. Yet, in many ways, it’s also still a small town, with good people who care about their neighborhoods, people who choose of their own accord to make a difference in their community. Sometimes I’m so moved by that commitment and passion that it brings a little tear of joy to my eyes.
I try to be one of those neighbors. My dad, a Pearl Harbor survivor, worked hard to raise me to understand the value of what we have. Like him, I don’t do things for the recognition; I do them because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve always tried to be involved in my community. Over the years I have served the city in various roles that has given me a broad perspective of the issues we face in our community. I believe those skills I have gained in service to Anaheim have uniquely suited me to serve as the first by-district elected Councilmember for District 3.
I currently serve as Vice Chair of the City’s Public Safety Board. We review both the Police and Fire Dept operations including budgets, staffing levels, and critical incident reviews. I have always said, if you want to know what’s going on in the city – ask a cop.
I also serve on the Anaheim Union High School District bond oversight committee, making sure our tax dollars are spent correctly.
I am one of the founding members of the City’s Veterans Working Group.
We honor our veterans through programs that promote patriotism and outreach to homeless Vets.
I’m an active member of the Community Emergency Response Team, otherwise known as C.E.R.T.
I regularly volunteer to pick up trash and paint out graffiti around town. That kind of boots-on-the-ground activity has allowed me to know the area intimately. Knowing when something is not right is key to keeping our neighborhoods safe, which has aided me in helping the APD put criminals in jail. Chief Welter was kind enough to present me with the Anaheim PD’s Neighborhood Hero of the year award.
I served my country honorably in the 101st Airborne Division, earning two Army Achievement medals while on active duty. I followed that with a 30+ year career in the Aviation Industry as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician putting my college degree to good use. I never forget that lives depend on the decisions I make every day. As your Council member I won’t forget that our community depends on the decisions I will make, either.
Neighborhoods are the foundation for any thriving city. It takes commitment from residents and city leaders to build and maintain that foundation. As a resident, I have tried to do my part to make this a better place to live. I have not seen that same commitment from the current City Council. It seems that the needs of special interest always take center stage over the needs of residents. Our neighborhoods need attention NOW. We are not going to get it if we keep electing politicians who support special interest, the same special interest that fund their campaigns when election time comes. It’s time for that to change.
That’s why I’m running for city council. I am involved, engaged, and committed to Building Better Neighborhoods.
I am willing to step up and fight for our community, but I can’t do it alone. This is OUR fight, for OUR neighborhoods. Please join me.
Vote for Robert Nelson on November 8th.