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Webster defines the word repetition as “the act of saying or doing something again, the act of repeating.” the acronym, r-e-p-s, is what I promise to do as your next mayor.

Respect Your Voice

The most important part of our campaign is inclusion. We will create an atmosphere that actively communicates with the citizens of New Haven. We will accomplish our goals through action committees, active participation (being visible), keeping you in-the-know and staying accountable. Bottom line, we will listen and you will have a platform to instill real change and progress.


As board president of East Allen County Schools, community leader, mentor and coach for over 35 years, I have worked closely with and understand New Haven’s next generation. I want to give students the means to succeed, including vocational opportunities. A city is often judged by the success or failure of its schools. It is imperative that our leadership in New Haven be visible and maintain a committed partnership with our schools, both public and private, to insure success.


“Pride” is in our blood. We have a great community and our pride should be apparent to all.  We need to continually work and support our citizens encouraging them to display that pride at work and at home. This includes clean streets, filling in potholes, to fostering pride in the community!


Safety comes in many forms.We will meet with all public safety departments, including the court system, to maximize their potential. We will no longer be the training ground for other agencies. New Haven has a lot to offer, let’s celebrate our strengths. Safety and those that protect us is a top priority.


From citizens, business owners, students, and more!

I support Bob Nelson for Mayor of New Haven. Bob daily exemplifies his passion and commitment to our community and its citizens. He has devoted years to mentoring and coaching our youth, serves on multiple boards, attends and supports numerous events all to ensure New Haven continues to move in a positive direction.

Julie HolleOwner, Martins Flag Shop

Bob has been one of the most passionate, if not the most passionate, advocate of New Haven since I’ve known him. He selflessly propelled the high school, along with its athletic programs and student entrepreneurs into the spotlight of the community. There is no one better to continually grow our great community and hometown on a larger scale than the man that has already been accomplishing it consistently over the years.

Lucas SalernoFormer Student at New Haven High School

As a senior in high school, I’m excited to be planning for my future. I’ve tried to align myself with classes, projects and individuals that strive to make positive impacts. This is the reason I joined the "Bob Nelson for New Haven Mayor" Campaign Committee.
Bob Nelson, while serving on the East Allen County School Board, has fought to improve my education and the education of my classmates. He has dedicated himself to the advancement of all students in New Haven Schools.
Bob has the best interests of New Haven’s future at heart. He doesn’t have a personal agenda or a preconceived plan without your contribution. He has listened to members of the community, including me, and continues to ask for input.
Bob is not a politician and I find it refreshing to know that he isn’t in this for a career or a retirement plan. He has not aligned himself with politicians, choosing to always put New Haven first.
I am proud to say that in my first eligible election, the May 2019 primary, I will be casting my vote for Bob Nelson, the next Mayor of New Haven

Austin CaudillCurrent Student

Bob coached my sons and has always been a beacon in the community. I can't think of a better person and Bulldog that can lead this city to new heights!

Jocelyn SheehanNew Haven Resident

I am proud to support Bob Nelson for Mayor of New Haven. My family, being life-long members of this community, truly appreciate Bob’s enthusiasm and commitment to everything that is New Haven. From countless hours coaching and mentoring young adults, to his time on the East Allen County School Board giving New Haven Schools the voice they desperately needed, Bob’s dedication to New Haven is inspiring.
One can hardly attend any event in New Haven and not run into Bob. He cares about New Haven and it shows through his actions.
It’s time OUR voices are heard. Bob, as the next New Haven Mayor, will hear and listen to ALL of us.
It is my honor to endorse Bob Nelson for Mayor.

Jeff TurnerNew Haven Resident

One of my greatest joys of owning and operating New Haven Bakery is seeing the excitement on a child's face when they walk in the door. Their anticipation puts a smile on my face every time.

That same joy and excitement is what I have witnessed on Bob Nelson's face as he interacts with students and parents. Bob has been a coach, mentor and volunteer in and around New Haven for years. Bob has truly given much to the community we all love, always giving 100%.

Bob's countless hours spent serving on various boards and most currently on the East Allen School Board has served us all very well. Look around, New Haven is on the move.

Bob cares about large and small businesses and I'm proud to support him as Mayor of New Haven

Katie BranningOwner, New Haven Bakery

“Bob Nelson is not a politician! We don't need a "big shot" politician to lead our community. I have lived in New Haven all my life and truly love this community. Bob has given me his word and is committed to an inclusive leadership style that relies heavily on City Council for decision making. I fully intend to hold him to just that! I believe we must leave this city better than we found it. Bob is excited to do the work necessary to prepare this city for the next generation. "A Bridge to The Future" is not just a campaign slogan for Bob, it's the reason he's running for Mayor. ”

Pat AndersonRack & Helen's / New Haven Resident

Having been raised in New Haven and having raised my own family here, this community is very close to my heart. I've spent my adult life in the business world, and have also served on numerous community leadership boards. During that time, I have largely steered away from the political arena, as I'm not really a fan of politics nor politicians. Ultimately, however, in considering the upcoming New Haven Mayoral race, I realized that we have a very strong candidate running for this office who is NOT a politician.

Our families have known each other for many years and our children grew up and attended New Haven High School together. Bob and his wife, Lori were hands-on parents, actively involved in their children’s lives and well respected in our community. Bob has worked with students and young adults, through coaching and mentoring them to not only grow as athletes, but inspiring them to develop strong principles and character.

When I served as President of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, we needed good, solid, reliable board members. I asked Bob to serve and he immediately got involved, serving the business community at a very crucial period. When our City needed strong representation on the East Allen County School Board, Bob again stepped up, helping to lead New Haven’s education system in a new and stronger direction. Bob’s efforts in developing Vocational Education will serve New Haven for years to come with good, knowledgeable, and highly-qualified employees.

The City of New Haven needs a different voice and solid leadership and, once again, Bob has answered the call. It’s time for continued improvement in our community, forward-thinking leadership and a trusted and inclusive voice. It’s time for a vote for Bob Nelson!

Tom BarfellNew Haven Resident

Fresh ideas are what New Haven needs now more than ever. Those fresh ideas can come from only one candidate, Bob Nelson. Why Bob Nelson? The answer is simple, his willingness to listen. He will listen to you; the residents, the business owners, the taxpayers of New Haven. Bob demonstrates the leadership skills of being inclusive not exclusive. Your voice matters.
The choice is easy, go with the current “boys club” or go with a proven leader, who actually listens, and I approve this message.

John BennettFire Chief (retired)

Now that New Haven is going to elect a new mayor, I have a suggestion for a good one. I have known Bob Nelson for many years; and especially when I was working in a New Haven school. He is an excellent example of a perfect family man. I watched as his three children went through the schools in New Haven and they were admired by all -- both fellow classmates and teachers alike. Of course, Bob was constantly involved with their activites as father and coach. Just as Bob has always been actively involved in the lives of the youth in our community. I am confident he will excel in his representation of our entire community.


Carol Holle

I first met Bob Nelson a few years ago when we coached New Haven Girls Basketball together. I quickly realized he shared the same passion for the City of New Haven and New Haven High School as my family and I share. Bob loves working with people, both young and old, which he has demonstrated through his countless hours of coaching or showing up to support our community in any of our many area events.
I fondly recall my dad telling me of the Wednesday mornings Bob would stop in New Haven Bakery to chat with the older generation and listen to their concerns and suggestions. Dad was 100% behind Bob being the next leader of New Haven and wore his "Bob Nelson for Mayor" shirt proudly and often!
Bob truly is willing to listen and do whatever it takes to provide answers and potential solutions. His determination in fighting for New Haven school improvements further reflects his support and commitment to helping our next generation succeed. I can't imagine a better person to serve as mayor who will be there to listen and keep making New Haven a great place for our children and grandchildren to live and thrive.

Michelle Cordray and Clements FamilyNew Haven Residents

I first met Bob as a student at New Haven High School. He quickly learned that I was interested in the broadcasting industry and was gracious enough to grant me the opportunity to work with him as a student sports broadcaster on his New Haven community online channel.

Bob has always supported me in my endeavors and has helped my entertainment career grow and prosper. I know if I ever needed anything, he would go out of his way to help me without hesitation, as he as done so many times in the past. His unending support has had a tremendous impact on not only my life, but the lives of countless New Haven residents. I could not possibly think of anyone who is more qualified and respectable than Bob Nelson to be the next Mayor of Bulldog Country!

Kevin KohrmanD.J. Double K Marketing Assistant at Luke Bryan Farm Tours

Bob is a proven leader in the community who always puts others before himself. Bob isn’t only a
dreamer or believer, he is a doer. Bob values the opinions and views of future leaders in the community,
rather than following the direction of a select few. As a young leader in New Haven, Bob has made me
feel like I have a voice in our hometown. While a student at New Haven High School, Bob was no
stranger and worked together with students to better not only New Haven High School, but all of
EACS.Bob keeps things straight and won't sit idle on meaningless campaign promises. Instead, he will
rely on a strategic plan for our great community – a plan developed with the community’s best interests
in mind rather than the agenda of a political party. To Bob, your voice truly matters! I believe in Bob
Nelson as the next Mayor of New Haven and there is no better person to bridge New Haven to a bright

Nic Lash

I am endorsing Robert Nelson as New Haven’s next mayor. Nelson has always deeply cared for this community and its schools. He shows tremendous respect and a desire to improve everything and everyone that he can with the power given to him. He has always been a positive figure in my life, especially when I was a young adult. Nelson taught me compassion, courage, the strength it takes to keep pushing forward, and to always be above the influence, all demonstrated through his actions and encouragement as my athletic and life coach.
As a mentor, Nelson taught me to chase my dreams and energized my ambition. Throughout the years of knowing him as my coach in multiple sports and through doing a few internships with him, he taught me steps to becoming successful while being a good person in the process. Nelson took notice that I did not have a positive setting around me and took action to become just that. He truly cared about my well-being and success, and for that I am forever grateful. With him being such a supportive role model, I have grown into a loving, responsible individual and now have the opportunity to be a role model to others just as Nelson was to me.
With Bob Nelson’s record of success in this city, genuine concern for the community, empathy towards others and all-around positivity, I truly believe he deserves this leadership position. We can count on him to keep New Haven moving forward!

Richelle R. Moyer

As Bob’s wife of over 38 years, I believe I am uniquely qualified to attest to his commitment to the City of New Haven and, in particular, its future.
As mayor, Bob will work hard to be inclusive and listen to the voices of all of New Haven’s residents. He truly cares about the community and its citizens and wants everyone to feel that they not only have a voice, but that their voice will be heard.
Bob served as a coach of multiple sports for many years. In recent years, he ran for and was honored to be elected to the East Allen County School Board. Through this service, he has further enhanced the lives of New Haven’s youth to an even broader degree by working to bring significant improvements to our overall school system as well as our building structures.
Bob fully realizes that the youth of the community are essential to the growth and development of our city. Through his years of interaction with our youth, he has learned that New Haven is fortunate to have some remarkable prospective leaders. Bob does not aspire to a lengthy political career as mayor, but to identify and encourage the involvement of our young leaders to ensure that New Haven has a bright future.
Our city is already fortunate to have many wonderful young families living in our midst. Bob will work to retain these young families and to generate improvements to our community that will entice even more young families to call New Haven their home.
I can say, with the utmost sincerity, that Bob is not a politician and has no long-term political aspirations. Bob’s unequivocal and primary goal as mayor is to be “the bridge to the future.”

Lori NelsonNHHS Class of 1976

My dad has been involved with helping, supporting, and improving the New Haven community since I was a child. During my early years, he served as a coach at Central Lutheran and New Haven High School. He coached sports that I did not even play. He knew more of the faculty, staff, and students than even I knew while attending the schools. He has long been actively involved in the schools and community because he genuinely cares. He cares about individual opinions, he listens to advice, he thinks critically, and most importantly, he follows through! He understands that New Haven will be best served by listening to the voices of its residents. He realizes that improving a city takes a community effort, and is not the job of one person.

During my teen years and adulthood, I often witnessed my dad out in the community meeting with local business owners, teachers, police officers and community volunteers. I have several memories of volunteering with him in a number of community events such as food drives, Canal Days, and school events. His passion for the City expands to serving on the EACS Board, creating New Haven Bulletin, an online newspaper promoting local events, and starting local radio station. Much of his free time is dedicated to improving New Haven. He volunteers his time with little in return. He cares about the City of New Haven just like he cares about his family. As a father (and community leader), he listens, he cares, he never gives up, and he strives to provide the best. What separates my father from other candidates, is his involvement and his presence in the community. He is not sitting behind a desk all day. New Haven deserves a leader who is involved, who cares, and who loves the town like a child. New Haven deserves my dad as the next Mayor of New Haven!

Haley NelsonNHHS Class of 2009

Growing up, my dad was always a strong support system for my siblings and I, attending almost every grade/high school event in which we participated and volunteering as a coach in nearly every sport we played. As long as I can remember, he was always there and always involved. He has demonstrated that same level or support and commitment to the City of New Haven. He coached students before we were even eligible to participate and continued to do so well beyond our graduation from New Haven High School. He now serves proudly on the East Allen County School Board and has always aspired to serve the community in any capacity he can.

I’ve tried to get him to slow down. I told him to retire. I’ve encouraged him to move. However, my dad believes he still has a job to do for the city that he loves. Just as he was always there for our family, he will be there to promote and elevate the City of New Haven to even greater heights.

Rachel Nelson SchallerNHHS Class of 2000

Some of my fondest memories from my youth were the times spent playing sports with my dad. He was always willing to go above and beyond; whether we were playing catch in the front yard, measuring out 5K routes and mile markers, or building a basketball hoop in the backyard. His commitment to serve and be involved has always been prevalent. He coached me and countless friends in baseball at the local parks and in basketball at Central Lutheran, where we won the 1999 Lutheran League National Championship. Additionally, he spent time coaching track and field and the Women’s Basketball team at NHHS.

While the success of the teams that I was a part of was special, the life lessons learned along the way remain paramount. My father and the other coaches always taught us to support our teammates, to play fair, to hold each other and ourselves accountable, to remain humble, and to have fun. I can say with confidence that I, past teammates, and countless others are more well rounded as a direct result of the values my father instilled within each of us. He cares deeply for the City and, even more so, it's citizens and I am confident New Haven would thrive under his leadership.

Andrew NelsonNHHS Class of 2003

As a conservative Republican business owner, I am happy to endorse Bob Nelson as New Haven’s next mayor. I know Bob is the best man for the job. As a Christian, as a successful small business owner, as the past East Allen County School board president, as a community leader, as an active member of countless organizations, as a mentor and coach for over 35 years, and as a true conservative Republican, Bob is a proven leader that is well respected by his peers and the community.

Take the time on May 7 to vote for Bob Nelson as the next mayor of New Haven. He will listen to you and you will have a platform to instill real change and progress in New Haven

John PapeOwner Ruhl Furniture & Flooring

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March 29, 2019

Tom Barfell Endorsement

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