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About Kory

Kory Nelson’s two closest family members spend their days in the neighborhood schools of the Douglas County School District. His daughter, Alyssa, is a Junior at a neighborhood high school. Kory’s wife, Kim, is a Reading Recovery Literacy Specialist at a neighborhood Elementary School. They live in Parker with their two Golden Retrievers, Sunny & Cassie. Kory’s #1 priority in his life is to keep his family safe.

On July 16th, 2019, Kory appeared before the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners as an appointed member of the Physical School Safety and Protection Funding Committee, where he assisted in providing the Committee's recommendation on how to spend the $10 million the Board has dedicated to School Safety in Douglas County


Kory’s daytime job, for the past 30 years, has been that as a Prosecutor for the City & County of Denver. He is a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section of the Denver City’s Attorney’s Office. He has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases, including the following:

  • Domestic Violence 
  • Gang Related Crimes
  • Health/Bldg/Fire Codes
  • Juvenile Division
  • Animal Cruelty

Kory has had a diverse career as an attorney, including such highlights as the following:

  • Kory was appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to a Professional Committee on Prosecutorial Ethics.
  • Korys legal article was published by the International Municipal Lawyers Association,
  • Kory has been invited to be a guest speaker at several legal seminars, including two at the annual convention of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
  • Kory was an Instructor at the Denver Sheriff’s Academy for over 18 years,
  • Kory has helped draft, develop, and promote the passage of several legislative bills in the Colorado Legislature.

Kory Nelson Interviewed By Craig Silverman on KNUS 710 AM


Kory Nelson joins Colorado State Representatives Kim Ransom & Leslie Herod, Co-Sponsor s of SB18-0873, appearing before the House Transportation Committee in support of the Bill. Kory developed the Bill, which was passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate, being signed by Governor Hickenlooper. The new law provides protection for citizens from liability after they have sold their private motor vehicle

Kory has been an active volunteer in Douglas County ever since he and Kim moved to Highlands Ranch in 2002, moving to Parker in 2007:

  • Member of the School Accountability Committee (SAC) for Legend High School for the past 5 years.
  • Appointed by Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to the Sheriff’s Office, where he has served ever since:
    • Co-Chaired School Safety Subcommittee formed in February 2018
    • Co-Chaired Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Subcommittee – drafted 65-page report recommending policies for UAV Program with drones for SAR.
    • Led the Analysis of the Non-Viability of Photo Traffic Enforcement Programs in Douglas County
  • Chairman, Colorado’s 18th Judicial District Republican Central Committee, 2012-2017
  • Served as Precinct Committee Person, Assistant District Captain and District Captain in Douglas County Republican Party.
  • Graduate of the Town of Parker’s Civic Academy
  • Graduate of the Town of Parker’s Police Citizen’s Academy

Kory graduated from the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University in 1989, which has the leading prosecutorial training program in the U.S. Kory competed for, and was awarded, the prestigious Truman R. Young Memorial Prosecutorial Fellowship by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council. This prestigious program allowed him, as a law student, to prosecute cases with the Phoenix City Attorney’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the State of Arizona, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.  Kory earned a Bachelor of Science’s Degree from ASU in 1985 with a major in Justice Studies – a combination of criminal justice, psychology, and sociology.

Kory earned his funds for college by serving in the United States Army. He graduated Basic Training in Fort Dix, New Jersey, successfully competing for the Soldier of the Cycle Award as the #1 top training recruit from his training brigade. He was selected to be stationed at the prestigious and politically sensitive post of the U.S. Army’s Berlin Brigade in West Berlin, Germany. He regularly crossed Check-Point Charlie into the Soviet Sector of East Berlin. Kory was awarded the Army’s Commendation Medal for his service in Berlin. He later transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where his service earned him the Army’s Achievement Medal, and a promotion to E-5 Sergeant.

Kory Nelson was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska, located on the Platte River, 46 miles west of Omaha and 52 miles north of Lincoln. He is the son of Kyler & Mary Nelson, school teachers in the Fremont School District. Kory’s father, Kyler, was the Chair of the Fremont High School Business Department, who earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Denver University. Kory’s mother, Mary Alice Wear Nelson, was a 5th grade teacher with a Master’s degree in counseling. Kory is very proud of his 85-year old father who is a long-time member of Cosmopolitan International, a chartered not-for-profit civic service organization that was founded in 1918 that has donated millions to diabetes research and treatment. Kyler Nelson was selected as the Cosmopolitan International Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Kyler is also a license private pilot who volunteers for Angel Flights, providing children and their parents free air transportation to access specialized medical care that is not readily available to them in their area.


 Kory’s family has established a tradition of public service and volunteerism in their community – now Kory is seeking to extend that tradition as a candidate for the Douglas County School Board.

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