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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

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March 29, 2019

Tom Barfell Endorsement

Thank you, Tom, for the endorsement! "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…
March 21, 2019

VIDEO: Walking

"I've hit the pavement and plan to visit as many citizens as possible for the upcoming Tuesday, May 7th Primary ... If you'd like to meet with me sooner, one…
March 21, 2019

John Bennett Endorsement

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