Nelson, Andy

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Prescott Unified School District
(928) 848-1962
Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
Biographical Info:



Andy believes that a parent, business owner and long time resident from the community on the board, will be far more objective than the current former educators from within the system of government entitlement, and will provide external integrity. Andy’s “why” has been distilled into these five words: “Act, or be acted upon.” We must take decisive action now to ensure that our schools maintain the kind of traditional family values that has made Prescott “Everybody’s Hometown.” Unless we act by emphasizing objective reality with academic fundamentals, over the subtle, subjective relativism of other social programs, we will end up graduating social activists, rather than competent intelligent and resilient leaders who love their country and contribute in a world economy. Programs such as social emotional learning, critical race theory, diversity, equity and inclusion, comprehensive sexuality education and gender studies may eventually and gradually displace the core competencies that we send our children to school for, and that must not happen, so we must act! We must take decisive action now to ensure that our schools maintain the kind of traditional family values that has made Prescott “Everybody’s Hometown.”

Like you, Andy wants his children and ten grandchildren to grow into smart, responsible and self reliant adults. He believes education should be focused on strong academic fundamentals (without divisive ideologies) which will provide our children the best opportunity to be successful adults. He also wants to see more transparency and to eliminate restrictions to public comment in our school board meetings. Andy wants PUSD to thrive and compete in a school choice state through academic excellence and merit.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Requiring school officials, including teachers, to inform parents about their child’s social, mental, emotional, or physical health S* Already in A.R.S.
2. Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs S* Already in A.R.S.
3. Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects -* I will listen to all sides on the issue of funding education, and lean towards fiscal conservatism, but will pay teachers all that they deserve in order to attract the very best that we can.
4. Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in any sexuality related instruction, activities, or clubs. S* Already in A.R.S.
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy S
6. Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students -* I would leave this up to parents, and how they want to transition their children into their education.
7. Mandating sex education classes for 5th-12th grade students O
8. Allocating teacher pay raises based upon merit rather than providing uniform salary schedule increases based upon years of teaching or additional credentialing (e.g. masters degrees) S
9. Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity O
10. Teaching what is known as diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI); social, emotional learning (SEL); or critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. O
11. Increasing academic (curriculum) transparency by requiring each public school to post online for parents and the public a list of all instructional materials being used in the classroom. S* Already in A.R.S.