Dane Nealson, 31, has announced his candidacy for the Ward 4 seat on the Nevada City Council.


When asked why he has chosen to run at this time, Nealson gives a rather long answer to the question.


“The politics and decision-making at the local level, in general, impact our day-to-day lives more than the decisions made at the state and federal level. I’ve been involved in partisan politics in the past and largely walked away from that world because I’m tired of the dog-and-pony show it has become. Consensus cannot be achieved when two sides are in a constant shouting match, more concerned about which team is winning, rather than whether or not good policy is being passed.


“With City Council, passions run high, but it’s generally not a red versus blue environment, which allows more opportunity to build consensus,” he said. “With Ray (Schwictenberg, currently in that seat) choosing not to run for re-election, it has created an opportunity to be part of that consensus-building. As my wife and I plan our family and our long-term future here, I would love to be a voice for continued growth and opportunity for young families coming to town.”


In a statement Nealson put out via social media last week, he said he believes Nevada is strongly positioned to capitalize on its geographical advantage near Ames, Iowa State University and the Des Moines metro area … Nevada offers a small-town feel with a progressive vision, he said. “With major projects on the horizon, I hope to be a voice for Nevada’s citizens as our community tackles improvements in the downtown area, a community recreation center and the continued discussions regarding Highway 30.”


Nealson is a native of West Liberty, a town of about 3,500 in eastern Iowa. He graduated from West Liberty High School in 2004. He earned an associate’s degree in music education at Muscatine Community College in 2007, and then spent a year at Iowa Wesleyan College before changing his major to political science and transferring to Iowa State, where he received a B.A. in 2010.


During the past five-plus years, Nealson said he’s been involved in supporting the Story County Honor Flights and helping with the Freedom Run 5K in Nevada and with the Lincoln Highway Dash 5K. Employed by NuCara, Nealson spent a year-and-a-half serving customers in Nevada, before being transferred to run day-to-day operations for the business’s telepharmacy in State Center.


He and his wife, Monica, purchased their first home in Nevada this month, and he said they were thrilled to be able to do that here.


“I love the small-town feel (of Nevada), and the increasing number of dining options, local businesses and recreational opportunities. I also love the trail system; it was very appealing for Monica and I when we decided to move to town. Affordable housing was also a strong draw.”


In his press release, Nealson said as he and his wife prepare to raise a family in Nevada, his hope is to continue to play a role in the growth of this community. Growth, he said, comes in many forms, including increasing job opportunities and expanded recreational opportunities. “If I’m elected to the Nevada City Council, I will strive to serve the city to the best of my abilities, and I look forward to earning your support this November.”