Archive for Friday, January 21, 2005

Retired soldier files for school board

January 21, 2005

Mike Nielsen, father of two Lansing school district students, has become the latest person to file for a seat on the Lansing School Board.

"I want to give back a little bit to the community," Nielsen said of his reasons for running. He said community service was important to him.

Nielsen said he did not have any complaints for the current board but would like to "be part of the planning process and modernization."

He said he thought the district was going in the right direction as far as planning for the future went and that he was excited about the possibility of an exchange program with China.

Nielsen officially retired from the United States Army on Jan. 1. While on on active status, Nielsen wasn't allowed to hold an elected office. The school board seat is the first office he's sought since military retirement.

Nielsen is the father of two children, Michael Jr., a sophomore at Lansing High School, and Sarah, a seventh-grader at Lansing Middle School.

Since his retirement from the Army, Nielsen works as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons Realtors.

He is a member of the Leavenworth Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Four seats on the board are up for election in April. Also joining Nielsen in the field of candidates are Robert Nicholas, a former disrict instrumental music director, and Beth Stevenson.

Incumbents Stuart Lyon and Karalin Alsdurf have said they would seek to retain their seats. Keith Rickard, who has served for nearly six years, is still considering whether to run again.

Jack Kochenour, who also is finishing his first term, said he would not seek re-election.

The filing deadline for the campaign is noon Tuesday.

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