Man takes second try at commission |

Man takes second try at commission

by Aurora Sain
Dave Nelson announces his run for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners Wednesday.
Brad Coman |

In a room full of Republican women and men, a Gardnerville resident announced his bid to run for a seat on the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners.

Dave Nelson, 70, announced on Wednesday at the Douglas County Republican Women’s luncheon that he would seek Greg Lynn’s District 1 seat, which is up this year.

Lynn has not announced whether he will seek reelection.

Nelson said he’s lived in Carson Valley for 13 years. He was defeated by Lynn in 2008.

“I’m still not happy with the Board of County Commissioners,” he said. “They don’t look out for the best interest of the residents of the Carson Valley.”

Nelson wants to get elected in order to help Barry Penzel bring another conservative point of view to the board.

“I believe we have too many Republican politicians who claim to be conservative, who are not,” said Nelson.

One of the problems Nelson said the board has is they aren’t good at holding down costs.

“Even here in Douglas County, we have commissioners who go to the limits, and maybe illegally, to make sure we the people have no say,” said Nelson.

He hopes to help replace the gas tax and keep county spending down, which is where his background in finance comes in handy.

“I’m a conservative, I believe in a frugal, small government,” said Nelson.

He holds degrees in accounting and managerial accounting and has done financial reporting for big corporations like Intel, Pacific Bill and Syntex.

“This current board has increased our debt and taxes and done nothing to control spending,” said Nelson.

Filing for nonjudicial races is March 7-18. Nelson and Lynn are both registered Republicans.

For more information on Nelson’s campaign visit