District 4 - John Nustad

John Nustad portrait photograph

John Nustad, District 4

 Elected: May 2023
 Current Term Expires: May 2026

John Nustad is an East Texas native and Loan Officer with Guild Mortgage. He attended Pine Tree ISD and graduated from Gilmer High School and Kilgore College before receiving his BS in Business Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the Kilgore College Foundation Board and founder of the Longview Book Club. He is an active member of the Longview Area Association of Realtors, Longview Chamber of Commerce, Greggton Rotary and the First United Methodist Church of Longview. Mr. Nustad previously served as the President for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Pines and City of Longview's Senior Advisory Council and Longview Housing Authority. In 2022, he was a finalist for ETX View’s Forty Under 40 for Banking & Lending. In 2019, Mr. Nustad was awarded Affiliate of the Year by the Longview Area Association of Realtors and Longview Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Longview graduate. John and his wife, Katy, have two children and two rescue dogs.

What is your favorite book or film? Favorite book is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell or The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason and favorite movie is A Knight’s Tale.

Who is someone you admire, and why? My mom because of her love and example.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Playing with my kids, working out, reading, and relaxing.

What are some causes you care about? We are passionate about education because the greatest return on investment is in our youth. This is why we serve/served on the board for Boys & Girls Club, Asbury House and Kilgore College Foundation.

Why did you initially run for office/What do you hope to accomplish on the City Council? Longview is our home and I want to give back to the community that has given so much to me. My knowledge and experience in the finance industry and community involvement has equipped me to add value and make a positive impact for the city of Longview.

What are your hopes and visions for Longview's future? My wife and I are “boomerangs” and privileged to have been able to move back. We want Longview to be somewhere that our children want to and able to live.

 Council Liaison Responsibilities*

  • Council Appointments Committee
  • Firefighters' Pension Fund
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
*Liaison responsibilities are reassigned by the mayor annually in June.

Council Mayor form of Government
The City Council is comprised of a Mayor, who is elected at large, and six Council Members, one elected from each district. Council members do not have day-to-day administrative duties, but rather focus on big picture issues as the elected policymakers for the city. Council members also take feedback from the community, approve the budget and tax rate, adopt ordinances and resolutions, and establish goals and provide direction. The City Council is also responsible to supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Judge.  Council members are elected to three-year terms with a limit of three full terms.