(Jackson, Wyo.) - Fifth generation Jackson native Nikki Gill has filed to run for the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.
Gill grew up on the Jackson Hole Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch that her great-grandfather, Bruce Porter, started in 1928. She currently works on the family’s cattle ranch as the Director or Marketing and Sales. In addition, she works for her dad, Robert Gill, managing the family’s commercial real estate.
In an email sent to Buckrail, Gill stated:
"I’ve spent my entire life in Jackson, except for my time in college at the University of San Francisco, and two years working in San Francisco post-college. I received my B.S. in Business Administration and a Politics Minor from the University of San Francisco. I moved back to Jackson in 2012 to work for my dad and grandfather, Ralph Gill (former County Commissioner and Mayor of Jackson).
"Just like the four generations of my family who lived in Jackson before me, I care deeply about our community. As County Commissioner I plan to fight to maintain the community character that makes Jackson so special. The working families, middle class and local businesses that make-up our community core are the ones most affected by our housing crisis. If we lose these groups, we lose the heart and soul of Jackson Hole.
"My experience working alongside both my dad, Robert Gill, and grandfather Ralph Gill, has provided me with a more intimate knowledge and understanding of many of the issues that our community has faced in the past. This historical knowledge gives me a unique perspective and will allow me to make more informed and educated decisions regarding Jackson’s future.
"I strongly believe that the Town and County should start working with the private sector by providing incentives and giving landowners and developers some relief from the exorbitant development fees so we can start making progress on creating affordable housing
"Furthermore, I’m running because my generation is the least represented in local government, yet they are some of the most affected by the housing crisis. They want someone who has a better understanding of their needs who is willing to advocate for them. If we don’t start taking serious action soon we are going to force an entire generation and class out of Jackson."
Feature Photo: Nikki Gill. h/t Nikki Gill / Pitchengine Communities