I was born and raised in Orange, California when it was paradise; clean air, blue skies, rural atmosphere and we could see the mountains every day. Our small house was half hour from the most beautiful beaches in America from which we could see Santa Catalina every day. Not anymore!
I attended school in Orange from kindergarten thru high school graduation. I completed four years of college at Santa Ana Junior College, University of Colorado and Weber State College.
I was the first female Mail Carrier in Santa Ana California, when working conditions were rough. We moved to northern Utah 40 years ago when there was clean air, blue skies and you could see forever every day. Not anymore! I worked at IRS for a short period before transferring to Hill Air Force Base. I started at Hill as a GS-2 Supply Clerk and worked my way up to Chief of the Vehicle Transportation Division where I managed the operation and maintenance of 1900 vehicles and 200 employees. I later became Chief of Air Crew Training Systems Heavy Cargo and Refueling Division and managed multi-million dollar programs.
I am a retired Civil Service employee from Hill Air Force Base. I moved to St George 3 years ago after my husband of 51 years died and you can still see forever in St George, for now. I have two sons, 5 grandchildren and three “greats”.
For fun: I am a certified open water scuba diver, ride ATVs, go to the gym, love a good movie and have traveled extensively for business and pleasure.
Experiences that mean the most to me: Raising my family and watching them and their children grow into kind, loving, and generous adults; married to the same kind, loving, generous man for 51 years; having a successful career that has prepared me to stand up and make a difference in the Utah Legislature.
Shirley Nelson’s Message
I am running for office because I love Utah: The Greatest Concentration
of Natural Wonders in the World. This phenomenon is endangered by
a GOP controlled legislature that has allowed pollution to blanket the
Wasatch front while refusing to constrain industrial polluters throughout
The 2014 GOP controlled legislature failed to pass proposed legislation
that would have:
1. Authorized the Division of Air Quality to create rules more stringent
than federal rules;
2. Replaced high-emission school buses;
3. Addressed releases of oil, gas, pollutants and hazardous materials;
4. Developed State Implementation Plan to address air pollution;
5. Urged Utah Air Quality Board to support low-sulfur fuels and Tier III
compliant motor vehicles in Utah.
I believe in and will fight to reinstate the above and the following:
Climate change is a fact. Without clean air and abundant clean
drinking water nothing else matters. Quality of life on this earth is
endangered and now is the time to reverse what we started. We may
have already reached the tipping point of no return.
Federal Lands in Utah should remain under federal control. The
Utah GOP controlled legislature and governor support and encourage
“Drill Baby Drill” and “Build Baby Build” without regard to quality of
life for current and future generations within the state. Their driving
motivation seems to be special interests with “Big Money”.
Comprehensive Water Conservation Plans for all of Utah are a
must have. Washington County has one of the highest per capita water
use rates in the country at the lowest cost. Just say “No” to a Lake
Powell Pipeline that will be used to water the desert and support an
ostentatious lifestyle of a few and that the “average person” must help to
Comprehensive Master Plans for Growth that would preclude
special interests and poor judgment by Planning Commissions and City
Councils are a must have. Such as : the potential environmental disaster
of a massive gas station and “Jiffy Lube” being built into the Virgin River
bank and flood plain at River Road and 1450 South.
All Americans should have access to affordable health care;
Equal work for equal pay;
Quality care, honor and respect for our wounded warriors;
Equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-sexual citizens.
These are common sense “No Brainers” and should be non-partisan. This
is America, not Putin’s Russia. Edmund Burke hit it on the head: “All that
is required for evil to prevail is for good men and good women to do
nothing”. If you don’t choose, someone evil may choose for you.
JFK Definition of a Liberal: Someone who looks ahead and not behind;
Someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions; Someone
who cares about the welfare of the people - Their health, their housing,
their schools, their jobs, their Civil Rights, and their Civil Liberties.