Apr 27, 2010

Candidate Randy Nelson

by Emily DeFosse


John Randolph “Randy” Nelson has spent the last 57 years of his life living in and serving the people of Lynchburg. 

Nelson has worked as a police officer, coaching the men’s varsity soccer at University of Richmond and as an attorney-at-law since 1976. 

Outside of his career Nelson worked with many public service organizations and held positions in many organizations. 

Nelson has served as the Guardian ad litem in the 24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia since 1976. He also served as Special Justice in the 24th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Instructor at Central Virginia Police Academy, Blue Ridge Regional Jail Advisory Committee and a member of Citizens’ Committee to Develop Public Parks. 

Along with these positions Nelson has served as a board member of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, Inc., Lynchburg Historical Foundation, Inc., Lynchburg Life Saving & First Aid Crew and eight other organizations. 

In 1977 Nelson founded and coached a youth soccer program in Central Virginia that is now called Central Virginia United Soccer Club, Inc. 

“(I also) volunteer in Lynchburg Public Schools and many other community groups such as the Free Clinic, Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation, The Wood Ministry, Interfaith Outreach Association, Legal Aid Society, Riverview Artspace (and) Lynch’s Landing,” Nelson said. 

According to Nelson, his work in the community has earned him two awards. In 2004 Nelson was the recipient of the “Pro Bono Award” for Virginia Legal Aid Society and Lynchburg Bar Association for “exemplary efforts to expand legal services to the poor.” 

In 2005 Nelson became the first recipient of a special award created by the Chief Justice of Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia State Bar to recognize “attorneys who have given exceptional service to Virginia’s courts, the State Bar and to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.” 

Nelson and his wife, Karen, a principal in the Lynchburg City school system have four grown children. When Nelson is not working or volunteering his time he enjoys soccer, painting, woodworking and camping. 


Nelson did not return the questionare to the Liberty Champion, which is why his responses are not included.


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