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Nelsen Announces Recorder Candidacy

By Staff | Apr 18, 2018


Keith Nelsen, a lifelong resident of Wetzel County, has announced his candidacy for New Martinsville City Recorder. He is the son of the late Mildred Morgan and is married to Tammy Sue Mattox Nelsen, daughter of the Rev. Robert L Mattox, who ministered for many years at the First Church of God in New Martinsville. Keith and Sue are the proud parents of one son, Nicholas Nelsen, and are Pap and Mimi to three grandkids, Christian, Allie Sue and Madison. Keith, a 1973 Magnolia High School Graduate, is a member of Moose 931, and attends the New Martinsville United Methodist Church with his family.

He began his public service career by volunteering thousands of hours at the Wetzel County Ambulance Squad and the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department with decades of service. Keith was elected to the second ward council position in the city of New Martinsville where he served for seven years and in 2012 was elected Mayor for the city. During his tenure on council, he served as Chairman of the Police, Street, and Animal Control, as well as serving on nearly all city committees at one time or another.

As Mayor, he had responsibility for oversight of the city operations and served as chairman on a variety of committees and boards, such as the water and sewer board. He helped oversee the $10 million hydroelectric plant refurbishment project and helped secure bonds for city parks projects.

Keith believes the time spent serving the City of New Martinsville has given him a keen insight to the issues facing the city’s citizens. He will work to improve the financial stability of the City and encourages all city departments to be conservative and spend wisely with the limited available funds.

“If elected City Recorder, I bring many well learned lessons and years of public service experience to this office. I have worked with so many good people over the last two dozen years while serving in the city of New Martinsville and the decades of volunteer service. I hope to use this wisdom and knowledge to the Recorder position. The citizens of New Martinsville and their needs should be the most important reason to be in public office.”

Keith truly enjoys working with the public and is concerned with the economic issues facing the City today. He encourages public input to help solve the real issues and can be reached at 304-455-1647 or by e-mail at knelsen@suddenlink.net

“Help elect me, and I will work for you and the forward progress of our great City,” said Keith.