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Ayers is a problem solver | Letter

February 2, 2013 · Updated 1:49 PM

Greg Ayers will bring a wealth of practical problem solving business experience to the San Juan County Council.

In 2011 he was asked to serve on the White House Business Council. Greg has since participated directly with this group of small business people in multiple in person meetings with President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geitner, then Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and other top administration officials. Their goal is to help create new job growth in the private sector by providing feedback to the administration about what government can do more or less of in order to help spur new job creation. Their focus is to establish lines of communication between small business and the administration. The White House Business Council is not a partisan political group.

Greg is not a particularly political person. His invitation to be included on this important committee was totally unrelated to any party or political affiliation. He was not chosen for his support of any particular candidate or political party. He was asked to participate because of his two decades of practical business experience. He has been involved in starting more than 15 new small medical device companies which in turn has lead to the creation of more than 500 new jobs. Greg’s election to the council will provide San Juan County with unique access to his experience in finance, job creation and small business management.

We need people like Greg Ayers who bring problem solving skills and not just their personal politics to the table. We need people who have the skills to manage a $50 million budget. We need people who can set aside partisan politics, think critically and establish priorities that take into account the needs of the people who live and work here. I think that Greg Ayers is one of those people and I hope you will join me in voting for him for county council.

Jim Nelson


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