Helmboldt began his professional life as an educator in Battle Creek area public schools. For the last 14 years he has owned and operated his own small business, Melvin Scott Creative, doing design, photography, and consulting work for other area small businesses and nonprofits. He has lived in Battle Creek for 16 years and is happily married with two young children.
Helmboldt is a two-term at-large city commissioner in Battle Creek. He was the top vote-getter among all candidates in 2013.
While on the commission Helmboldt has consistently striven to govern with integrity and transparency, and he is well-known for being engaged in a wide variety of community initiatives and for communicating effectively with constituents. The Battle Creek Enquirer had this to say in October, 2013:
Helmboldt has proven himself a good listener, an effective advocate for his constituents and a thoughtful policymaker who weighs issues carefully. Helmboldt, more than most, models a visionary style of leadership with a desire to serve the entire city.
Helmboldt’s works and accomplishments on the city commission include:
- Balancing the city budget every year.
- Restrating the city’s Human Relations Board to ensure equity in city employment, contracting, housing, and overall relationship with the community it serves.
- Pushing for increased collaboration among area municipalities as a member of the Area Metropolitan Service Agency (AMSA) board.
- Over-seeing downtown economic development budgets and activities as a member of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board.
- Passing an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect the employment and housing rights of all citizens.
- Working to make city boards and committees more representative of the entire community.
- Re-starting the dormant Youth Advisory Board to give area youth a voice in city government and civic life.
- Driving improvements in environmental stewardship as part of the Sustainable BC committee.
- Participating in many community engagement efforts, including Project 20-20, Beacon Community, The Coordinating Council, and various grant committees, work groups, and nonprofit boards all focused on increasing quality of life and equity for local residents.