Q&A with Grant Thayer, candidate for Elbert County commissioner, District 3

Posted 10/6/20

Party: Republican Contact: grant.thayer@elbertcounty -co.gov Occupation: I have a very eclectic background. I stared out as a laborer in the oil patch, then went on and got an engineering degree. I …

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Q&A with Grant Thayer, candidate for Elbert County commissioner, District 3

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Party: Republican

Contact: grant.thayer@elbertcounty -co.gov

Occupation: I have a very eclectic background. I stared out as a laborer in the oil patch, then went on and got an engineering degree. I rose up in the ranks from the position of a field hand, and worked my way up to become a chief operating officer for public oil company, then chief executive officer for two companies owned from Wall Street companies. I have bought and sold ranch properties in Elbert County, and ran a purebred breeding operation for cattle for 30 years.

Why are you seeking to remain in this office?

I’ve had a good career, a good life, I’ve been married for 49 years.

I’ve served on the planning commission and the library board, and spent most of my life over the years serving citizens of this county in one way or another. It’s just something that I like to be part of. I am proud of many accomplishments we’ve achieved, but the job is not complete.

What makes you the best person for the job?

In one word — Dedication.

I am proud of my contributions to Elbert County government over the last three-plus years. Many of my accomplishments are the result of serving with fellow commissioners Chris Richardson, Rick Pettitt and Danny Wilcox. We have served together and have accomplished better county government together.

How should growth in the county be managed in the coming years?

There’s different aspects, and the first one is property rights. If a family owns the property they should have the opportunity to manage that property in the manner that they deem best for them.

There’s also the economic environment. We’ve got about 28,000 people in the county. Much of the growth has been in the northwest part of the county due to location. If people follow all the rules when applying for applications, we have to accept that growth is appropriate.

What would be your biggest priority if reelected?

The big issue right now in my mind is economic continuity. With this virus I’m very concerned that we’re going to see a 2008 kind of a downturn, and we have to plan for that. We know the economy always has ups and downs, and we’ve been planning for this. We’ve set aside in excess of $5 million, so that if we have an economic downturn at least we have a savings account to help us through that.

What else should voters know about you?

I am humbled by county voter faith in me, and sincerely promise the I will do everything possible to protect our way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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