John Randolph "Randy" Nelson (At-large)
John Randolph "Randy" Nelson grew up in Lynchburg and has been practicing law here since 1976. He is a member and held leadership roles in the Lynchburg and Virginia State Bar Associations. In 2005, he was recognized by the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia State Bar for "extraordinary public service" to the Virginia Supreme Court and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2019 the Virginia State Bar bestowed upon him that year's "Tradition of Excellence Award" for "embodying the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia, enhancing the esteem of attorneys in the Commonwealth and devoting significant amounts of time and efforts that benefit their community."
Randy graduated from E.C. Glass High School, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While a law student, he served as a police officer in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as part of the city's Law Student - Police Program.
For 28 years, he was a Special Justice in the 24th Judicial Circuit and has been intensely involved in many civic organizations including: Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew, Lynchburg Historical Foundation, Virginia Legal Aid Society, Interfaith Outreach, Lynchburg Community Loan Fund, Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah and The Joseph Nichols Tavern.
After four years as a college varsity soccer letterman and team MVP, Randy promoted soccer in the Richmond and Lynchburg areas. He co-founded and worked to develop the foremost youth soccer club in Central Virginia. He was head coach of the men's varsity soccer team at the University of Richmond, coached E. C. Glass High School to its first Western District soccer title, and coached dozens of travel teams from the Hill City United and Lynchburg United Soccer Clubs.
Randy received the following honors for his professional and community activities:
• "2008 Mayor's Award of Excellence" from the City of Lynchburg for exemplary service to the citizens of Central Virginia,
• "2004 Pro Bono Award" from the Virginia Legal Aid Society and Lynchburg Bar Association for exemplary efforts to expand legal services to the poor,
• "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for his work as a court appointed guardian ad litem.
During his service on City Council, Randy Chaired the City's Finance Committee, co-chaired the college/university Town And Gown Committee, served as City Council's liaison representative on the Lynchburg Parking Authority, and served as one of the two City Council representatives on the Future of Education Task Force.
Randy is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section. He recently finished his terms of service as the Public Trustee representing the State of Virginia on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Randy is married to Karen, a former City Elementary School teacher and Principal, and has four grown children: Shannon, Ashley, John, Jr. (Jake) and Kimberley.
*As a result of legislation adopted during the 2021 session of the General Assembly, beginning in 2022 City Council elections will be changed from May to November. As a result of this change, the terms of office for current Councilmembers will be extended for an additional six months past the original June term expiration date.