Ayers announces candidacy for San Juan County Council

Greg Ayers - Contributed photo
Greg Ayers
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Dr. Gregory M. Ayers, an Orcas resident, has announced his candidacy for the Special Election that will fill the three new San Juan County Council positions created as a result of the passage of Proposition 1. Ayers has filed to be a candidate for the San Juan County Council from District 2, Orcas and Waldron Islands.

Ayers has extensive business experience in the medical device industry and brings a multi-decade career of operating over a dozen privately financed start-up biotech companies. He presently serves the community as an elected commissioner of the Eastsound Water and Sewer District, as well as in a variety of volunteer positions.

Recently, Ayers has used his experience and skills to support health care on Orcas Island; he is one of the founders of the Island Reproductive Health Initiative and served on the Board of the Orcas Medical Foundation. Nationally, Ayers has provided input to the Obama administration on topics related to small businesses, fiscal policy, intellectual property rights and other governmental policies.

Professionally, he is a recognized expert in abnormal heart rhythms and has developed medical devices including defibrillators, pacemakers, and health monitors. He now wants to apply his skills and experience to the operation of the government of San Juan County.

“Many people have asked me: Why?” Ayers said. “With the passage of the controversial Proposition 1, it became clear to me that the county was going to need skilled commissioners who are willing and able to commit full time effort to undertake the operational activities of the county. I am driven by a passion for improving our island life, helping my friends and neighbors, and being active in preserving the feeling and culture that keeps us all living here in the San Juans.”

After speaking with many people, Ayers said he decided that he could apply his business and government knowledge and experience to help meet local needs and achieve the community’s goals and objectives.

“Over many years I have developed processes to solve challenging problems and issues, building consensus and providing desirable results,” he added. “I want the opportunity to work with all of the residents of the county in this newly created council member position to deliver effective government.”

Ayers and his wife first fell in love with Orcas when they were married at Rosario. They were intrigued by the island lifestyle.

“It was the warm, friendly culture with people helping people attitude that we longed for after many years of living in traditional ‘bedroom communities,’” said Ayers.

The next winter, after their wedding, the couple spent even more time in the islands, bought property with a small cabin, and “never looked back.”

“I want to do everything I can to assure that others can have the same experiences I have living here, the ultimate feeling of home,” Ayers said. “Timing is always critical, interestingly perfect in this case. In June, I had made a decision to move on from my present position at ViewRay. I had decided I wanted to stay home, in the islands. I immediately began looking for ways to apply my skills locally, to work with my fellow island residents in as many ways as I could. Then, with the election results, this council member opportunity comes along. Perfect timing? I think so.”

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