About Nils

So, if you’re here, you’re at least considering voting for me, right? Thanks for that!

Above all, I’m a father of four fantastic children – Jane, Harry, Rosy, and Cecily. And I am married to Emily, my beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and amazing wife of 13 years. By the way, Emily is also a candidate this year for the Utah State Senate. Together, we reside in West Provo. 

I grew up in Utah, and graduated from Utah State University. I followed that with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

I’ve spent the bulk of my career overseas, working to help build and improve communities in all corners of the globe. This love for all things international began when I served as a missionary (Russia Novosibirsk Mission) and expanded further when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Romania), As a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, I worked as a personal advisor on development issues to six different ambassadors in multiple countries, including Colombia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Indonesia.

In addition to his international work, Nils is also the author of the middle grade adventure series, THE MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE.

In 2018, after nearly twelve years living overseas, we decided to return closer to family in Utah, anxious to help improve our communities at home as we did abroad. I previously served as the Executive Director for the United Utah Party, and later was the UUP’s state vice chair. Now, I figured why not try my hand at where the rubber hits the road – actually running for office.





Good Governance Strengthening

I’ve helped build up good government systems all over the world. This has included in nearly every sector relevant to the Utah state government. If you want someone who knows how to solve problems and write policies that have results, I’ve been doing it for years.

Community Relations

I’m a writer and a storyteller. That might not seem like a big deal for someone running for the legislature. But believe me, for a more transparent government, we need somebody who can cut through the nonsense and tell us straight up what is going on.

Public Administration

I have learned and worked in nine different foreign languages, but perhaps it is the tenth language – speaking bureaucracy – that I am most embarrassed about. But it is useful, and I always try to translate it into common English. You deserve to know!

Fact-based Analysis

Politics are pretty stupid. We end up getting grouped into one “team” or another, and we start to care about the well being of the team than the actual problems we are trying to solve. My approach will always focus on data, facts, and will always disregard political concerns. Really, we’re all on the same team.


Executive Director at the United Utah Party


I helped direct the new United Utah Party – a political movement seeking to move past divisive partisanship and corruption and usher in a new era of problem-solving and good governance, starting in Utah.

Democracy and Governance Volunteer at the U.S. Peace Corps

2008 – 2009

Provided technical assistance on the creation and promotion of democracy programs in Romania. Taught civic education classes for local youth.

U.S. Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development

2009 – 2018

Oversaw U.S. foreign assistance programs in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations based in Indonesia.

Author at N.R. Bergeson

2015 – Present

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