HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Former mayor Bobby Nelson died Friday, according to officials with the City of Huntington.

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Bobby Nelson

Nelson served as mayor from 1986 to 1993. He was Huntington’s first mayor after the city adopted a new charter and went with a ‘strong mayor’ form of government in 1986.

Current Huntington Mayor Steve Williams called Nelson a “giant champion of the rights of all” in a statement released by his office.

Nelson also served in the state legislature.

Williams full statement:

“A giant champion of the rights of all departed us today. Mayor Bobby Nelson built his life around creating a voice for the voiceless, offering opportunities for the disenfranchised and hope to the hopeless. He served our city over a span of four decades, whether it be in the West Virginia House of Delegates, the state Senate, as mayor of the City of Huntington or host of a popular radio show. He was never shy about advocating for those causes which drew his interests. Our community is better because of the leadership he provided. I valued my friendship with Mayor Nelson and call on all Huntingtonians to hold his family in our prayers.”

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