John Young for BOCC |

John Young for BOCC

Dear Editor:

Hey, I used to live in Aspen and love the place.

I moved to Telluride in 1971 when we started building the ski resort and stayed for nearly 40 years.

In 1985, as the chairman of the Telluride Housing Authority, I hired John Young to come to Telluride to help set up our affordable-housing program and get us started in the right direction in building our first large project.

He was successful, and it was one of the best decisions that I and Telluride ever made and one that the community of Telluride will always be grateful for.

John and I have been friends ever since and, over the years, have collaborated on developing work-force programs in other ski resorts and communities around the country.

We are currently developing the housing program for Tusayan, Ariz., and John’s enthusiasm for affordable housing and his commitment to honestly listening to people and devising solutions to problems is inspirational. Time and again over the past 30 years, I have seen John dig a little deeper, work harder and bring many diverse factions together to come up with a solution that gets the job done without selling out the values and dreams of the people.

This is the kind of guy who will not stop until the job is done, and done right, which is exemplified in all parts of his life from his personal word to the wonderful family he and his wife, Linda Vieira, have nurtured and raised.

I find it rare in my life to find someone who deserves and has earned the right to be trusted with big decision-making, and John is one of them.

There is no guessing how John will do in this job because he has the experience, the character, the maturity, the guts and the honesty to perform just he has done so many times before in both public and private service.

I have learned that I can count on this guy time and again in the best of times and also in the heat of battle and trust me – you can count on him and trust him to represent you as your next Pitkin County commissioner.

Scott V. Brown


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