Price's new council member says he's glad to serve
After living in the community for more than 35 years, Miles Nelson wanted to find some way to help give back to Price City and the many residents in the area he has worked with through those years.
Now he will have that opportunity.
Nelson was sworn in to his new position on the Price City Council on Jan. 6 during a ceremony held at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
Nelson was elected to serve a four-year term on the Price City Council back on Nov. 5 when he picked up 488 votes out of a total 1,224 cast. Kathy Hanna-Smith was reelected to her seat with 413 votes and another candidate, James Jewkes, finished with 319 votes.
"I was very pleased and excited to learn that the community was behind me," said Nelson, 50. "I am honored to be able to serve as a city councilor with Price City."
When he heard of the openings on the city council months before the elections, Nelson figured it was as good a time as any to put his name in as a candidate.
"I just thought to myself 'why not now,'" he said of throwing his name in the hat for the election.
A southern California native, Nelson and his family moved to Price when he was 15. Prior to moving to the area, Nelson said his family regularly vacationed in Carbon County and it became a place he grew to love.
"This place has always been a home to me," Nelson said. "I always looked forward to spending time in Price."
He graduated from Carbon High and spent one year at the College of Eastern Utah, now USU Eastern, before heading north to Utah State University in Logan where he graduated with a degree in Business Finance.
When he came back to Price after graduating, Nelson began working jobs including many years at USU Eastern. There he spent time working in the Workforce Education Division helping students learn and develop skills to better prepare them for the work force.
That experience of working to help students is something Nelson is hoping to continue during his time on the council, citing the need to focus on education and economic areas the community can improve on.
"There is a strong can-do attitude in the Price City community, even in adverse times, and I'm hoping to be able to help focus on the ways we can advance Price City both economically and citing the importance of education in the community," he explained.
While he may be walking into a new situation with the city council, Nelson said Price City and the city council are two well-run entities with "many strong, hard working people who work for the better of the city and its residents."
"There is a great core of leadership in the city with people from various backgrounds and knowledge who work together," he said. "I hope to be able to add that."
Nelson, who works as an Office Manager and Controller for Electrical Contractors Inc., said he will bring an economic vision and a strong business sense to a council that is seeing change an ever-growing change in the transition from energy to other areas that, in many cases, are yet to be found.
With plenty of new things to learn as a city councilor, Nelson said he knows there is a lot of work to be done in the next few weeks. It's one of the many challenges he will take on in helping to give back to a city and an area he has grown to embrace over the last 35 years.
"I'm excited for the opportunity and I look forward to serving this city and its residents for the next four years," he said.