CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet Nick Gradisar

Get to know the man beyond the candidate, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for Pueblo!

Pueblo’s native son has big dreams for his hometown.

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A formidable advocate for his clients in his law practice, he will be the face of Pueblo in Colorado Springs, Denver and Washington, DC. His vision for Pueblo is an economically robust community where every young person who wants to stay in Pueblo will have an opportunity for a job or career that will allow them to support their family.

Education

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Nick graduated from South High School in 1967. He graduated from Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University-Pueblo) in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences.

Before enrolling in Law School he spent two years working for a federally funded parent child center in La Junta, Colorado.

Nick graduated with honors from Drake University School of Law in 1976. While in law school he was a member of the Law Review, clerked for the Iowa Supreme Court and managed the student legal clinic at Iowa State University.

He was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1977 and clerked for the Honorable Aurel Kelly on the Colorado Court of Appeals until returning to Pueblo in 1978.

Leadership Experience

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In 1984 he was a founding member of the law firm that is now known as Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth. Nick, his partners, associates and staff have grown the firm to the largest law firm in Southeastern Colorado.

 

Nick was elected to the Pueblo Board of Water Works in 2004 and has served as President of the board from 2006-2009 and 2015-2016.

 

He has served as the Pueblo County Public Trustee from 1987-2000 and from 2007-2012.

 

Nick served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce from 1998 through 2002 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2001.

 

Nick is a charter member of Action 22 and served on the Board of Directors from 2001 through 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board.

Personal Life

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Traditions are important to Nick and his family. Every fall, they gather at Nick’s house early on Saturday mornings to make potica. This delicious bread is a staple of holiday gatherings as well as a tradition passed down generation to generation.

Born in Pueblo in 1949, the oldest of five children, family and home have always been top priorities for Nick. His parents, Lila and Tony, instilled in him the virtues of hard work and public service. His mother was an administrator at the State Hospital and the Pueblo Regional Center. His father was a steel worker and an entrepreneur.