BREAKING: Chuck Nelson Announces Candidacy For Brevard County Commission District 2 Seat
By Space Coast Daily // January 9, 2018
SERVED AS COMMISSIONER 2006 TO 2014
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson has filed to once again run for the District 2 county commission seat in which current Commissioner Jim Barfield will vacate next November.
Barfield, who took office in November 2014 is a prominent businessman and president and CEO of Luke & Associates Inc. and was recently awarded a five-year, $7.5 billion contract from the Defense Health Agency to provide services for the U.S. military, other government agencies and private industry.
Nelson previously served on the county commission from 2006 to 2014, voting to reduce the county’s budget by more than $80 million and 500 employees.
Despite those reductions, Nelson said he was responsible for paving over 100 miles of District 2 roads, supported efforts to bring hundreds of high paying jobs to Brevard County and secured funding for projects that improved water quality within the Indian River Lagoon and reduced flooding in West Cocoa and North Merritt Island.
During his time in office, Nelson served twice as Chairman of the Brevard County Commission, Chairman of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and was the county’s representative on the Indian River Lagoon Natural Estuary Program.
Nelson said that while the economy continues to improve, there are still challenging times ahead. Managing growth, addressing inadequate roads and infrastructure and guiding recovery of the Indian River Lagoon will require experienced leadership from a representative whose heart is in the community.
“The next four years will determine Brevard County’s future,” said Nelson. “I believe we must preserve, not sacrifice the quality of life we enjoy in this great community.”
Nelson, a 27-year resident of Brevard County, held more than 200 “Walk-Ins” at County libraries and met with numerous homeowner associations during his four years on the county commission to hear from citizens and to ensure they have a strong voice in their government.
Nelson said he believes his broad range of experience and vision will be critical to address the issues facing the citizens of District 2 and all of Brevard County.
Barfield, who announced last November he will not run for a second term, will stay on through next November’s election.
The District 2 seat is sure to be hotly contested as in the past. In 2014, Barfield edged Michael Hartman by just 363 votes out of almost 10,000 that were cast in the Republican primary.
Thus far, six Republicans have filed with the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections as candidates to replace Barfield in District 2 in 2018.
Candidates that have filed thus far in District 2 in addition to Nelson include Jim Glover, Robyn Hattaway, Timothy Street, Cordell Rolle, Timothy Street and Tim Tumulty. No Democrats have filed for the District 2 seat at this time.
Brevard County’s District 2 includes Merritt Island, Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Avon by the Sea, Kennedy Space Center, Snug Harbor and Patrick Air Force Base.
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