RANGELY I In the upcoming November election, Rangely voters will be tasked with filling three seats on the Rangely School Board. The current incumbents to those positions, Leslie Nielsen, Kurt Douglas and Joyce Key are each seeking re-election, and there will be one challenger, Rangely Conoco owner Bart Nielsen.
Nielsen says he is running for the school board out of a desire to offer his time, knowledge and experience to the various issues at hand.
“Serving on the school board would be a great honor,” he said. “I want to continue to show my support and concern for our education system and do what I can to help our students become functioning and contributing adults.”
Nielsen, who has two school-aged children and a toddler, believes that his ties to the community are an asset.
“My wife (Sarah Hume Nielsen) and I both attended Rangely schools (kindergarten) through 12th, and our parents are both graduates of RHS,” he said. “My wife and I have been local business owners for 20 years and still going strong. I care about Rangely and about our future.”
While Nielsen was reluctant to list any specific areas of needed improvement in the school district, he did say, “If you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”
Nielsen seems more interested in focusing on the positive saying “Rangely school district does a outstanding job with pride. Having been to other schools for sporting events, Rangely always stands out with clean, well-kept facilities. This does not happen by chance, but takes a well organized effort and pride in what you do.”
With the election only a month away, Nielsen is hopeful that voters will consider choosing him on their ballots.
“Nothing ever gets done by thinking someone else will take care of it,” he said.