He was selected to fill the term of Lisa Klemp who left her post -- with a year and a half left in her term.
Nelson has four children in the Redmond school district.
He's never run for public office before, but he's looking forward to the new challenge.
"And I know there are some challenges coming up and the board is working on some of them. What I want to do is come in and listen and absorb and give input when needed and eventaully I'll be able to give more."
Nelson will be sworn in prior to the new school board meeting on January 8th.