Meet Kory Nelson, candidate for Douglas County School Board

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Parker resident Kory Nelson has filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office as a candidate for Douglas County School Board director for District F. The region encompasses Parker and nearby unincorporated areas.

Nelson was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska, where his parents worked as public school teachers. He served in the Army prior to receiving a degree from the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law at Arizona State University. He's been a prosecutor for the City and County of Denver for 30 years.

Nelson's wife, Kim, works as a reading recovery literacy specialist for the Douglas County School District, and his daughter, Alyssa, is a junior at Legend High School in Parker. The two of them, he said, are the reason he's running for a seat on the school board.

“I've been passionate about this because the two most important people in my life are in these schools every day,” Nelson said.

He has served on Legend's School Accountability Committee, along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Physical School Safety & Protection Funding Committee, formed by Douglas County commissioners in response to the May 7 school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

His priorities for the school district are first and foremost safety, teacher retention and parent engagement with the school board.

He plans to spend the months leading up to the November election engaging with the community.

“I'm going to be knocking on a lot of doors, talking to a lot of parents and teachers who will talk to me,” Nelson said. “I think we've got great bones for a good school system, but I think we can do better.”

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