Over the past few years I have had occasions to get to know Lew Gaiter, our incumbent Larimer County Commissioner.
I cannot endorse him for re-election for a variety of reasons.
Lew simply doesn’t stand for anything. Aside from the positions he publicly takes, he has no follow through or personal resolve to do the job he was elected to do.
I learned this the hard way. Our business was entitled to certain Colorado Enterprise Zone benefits. Other similar retail stores were awarded these entitlements designed to help new businesses starting up in Larimer County. When approaching Commissioner Gaiter I was led down the path believing Gaiter had my interests in hand. After over a year it was clear he had no intention whatsoever to help fulfill the promise of the Enterprise Zone or his repeated commitment to me and my business.
Our businesses generated hundreds of thousands of tax dollars for the County and employed a dozen or more people. The combined tax obligations to Larimer County resulted in about 20 percent of our overhead and exceeded my own annual income by three times. After 6 years we finally closed the business as a matter of financial practicality.
For the same reason, I suggest we close Lew Gaiter’s tenure as our representative in Larimer County.
I strongly recommend voting for Eric Sutherland since he has already proven he will follow through on promises.