Friday, May 11, 2012


Candidate rebuttal: Nielson pledges 'a stronger, assertive voice'Submitted by Kevin Richert on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 2:55pm

Boise's legislative District 17 needs a stronger voice in the Legislature, says Greg Nielson, a small businessman challenging three-term incumbent Rep. Sue Chew.

"There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho," wrote Nielson, in response to our Wednesday editorial endorsing Chew. "As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community."

Here is Nielson's full rebuttal:

As I have canvassed District 17, I have met many considerate, gracious people who are eager to share their issues and concerns regarding our community. I am dismayed that the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board may not appreciate the demand for fresh ideas and approaches to government that District 17 voters have expressed to me.


Voters believe that taxes due on Internet sales should be collected. My position on Internet sales tax collection is strong and well-developed. I believe these legal taxes could generate a great deal of needed revenue. Collection of Internet sales taxes would restore competitive balance for our local businesses that are at a disadvantage in competing with large out-of-state corporations.

As a devoted family man, I believe that strong families build strong communities. I am committed to the community I live in and to improving our quality of life.



I feel District 17 needs fresh representation with an assertive voice to stand up for its values.


• Education: the young families I have talked with understand the quality of our education system is stymied until we introduce state-supported pre-kindergarten and optional full-day kindergarten.


• Affordable postsecondary education: I find it frustrating to hear stories of people who cannot enter or who have stopped attending college simply because of Idaho’s inadequate funding of its colleges and universities. We must stop squandering Idaho’s intellectual potential.


There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho. As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community.


Please, vote Greg Nielson on May 15 to help give District 17 a stronger, assertive voice in the state Legislature. Thank you.


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/05/10/krichert/candidate_rebuttal_nielson_pledges_a_stronger_assertive_voice?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IdahoStatesmanQuicktakes+%28IdahoStatesman.com+Quicktakes%29#wgt=rss#storylink=cpy


Boise's legislative District 17 needs a stronger voice in the Legislature, says Greg Nielson, a small businessman challenging three-term incumbent Rep. Sue Chew.
"There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho," wrote Nielson, in response to our Wednesday editorial endorsing Chew. "As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community."
Here is Nielson's full rebuttal:
As I have canvassed District 17, I have met many considerate, gracious people who are eager to share their issues and concerns regarding our community. I am dismayed that the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board may not appreciate the demand for fresh ideas and approaches to government that District 17 voters have expressed to me.
Voters believe that taxes due on Internet sales should be collected. My position on Internet sales tax collection is strong and well-developed. I believe these legal taxes could generate a great deal of needed revenue. Collection of Internet sales taxes would restore competitive balance for our local businesses that are at a disadvantage in competing with large out-of-state corporations.
As a devoted family man, I believe that strong families build strong communities. I am committed to the community I live in and to improving our quality of life.

I feel District 17 needs fresh representation with an assertive voice to stand up for its values.
• Education: the young families I have talked with understand the quality of our education system is stymied until we introduce state-supported pre-kindergarten and optional full-day kindergarten.
• Affordable postsecondary education: I find it frustrating to hear stories of people who cannot enter or who have stopped attending college simply because of Idaho’s inadequate funding of its colleges and universities. We must stop squandering Idaho’s intellectual potential.
There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho. As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community.
Please, vote Greg Nielson on May 15 to help give District 17 a stronger, assertive voice in the state Legislature. Thank you.


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/05/10/krichert/candidate_rebuttal_nielson_pledges_a_stronger_assertive_voice?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IdahoStatesmanQuicktakes+%28IdahoStatesman.com+Quicktakes%29#wgt=rss#storylink=cpy
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Boise's legislative District 17 needs a stronger voice in the Legislature, says Greg Nielson, a small businessman challenging three-term incumbent Rep. Sue Chew.
"There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho," wrote Nielson, in response to our Wednesday editorial endorsing Chew. "As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community."
Here is Nielson's full rebuttal:
As I have canvassed District 17, I have met many considerate, gracious people who are eager to share their issues and concerns regarding our community. I am dismayed that the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board may not appreciate the demand for fresh ideas and approaches to government that District 17 voters have expressed to me.
Voters believe that taxes due on Internet sales should be collected. My position on Internet sales tax collection is strong and well-developed. I believe these legal taxes could generate a great deal of needed revenue. Collection of Internet sales taxes would restore competitive balance for our local businesses that are at a disadvantage in competing with large out-of-state corporations.
As a devoted family man, I believe that strong families build strong communities. I am committed to the community I live in and to improving our quality of life.

I feel District 17 needs fresh representation with an assertive voice to stand up for its values.
• Education: the young families I have talked with understand the quality of our education system is stymied until we introduce state-supported pre-kindergarten and optional full-day kindergarten.
• Affordable postsecondary education: I find it frustrating to hear stories of people who cannot enter or who have stopped attending college simply because of Idaho’s inadequate funding of its colleges and universities. We must stop squandering Idaho’s intellectual potential.
There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho. As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community.
Please, vote Greg Nielson on May 15 to help give District 17 a stronger, assertive voice in the state Legislature. Thank you.


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/05/10/krichert/candidate_rebuttal_nielson_pledges_a_stronger_assertive_voice?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IdahoStatesmanQuicktakes+%28IdahoStatesman.com+Quicktakes%29#wgt=rss#storylink=Submitted by Kevin Richert on Thu, 05/10/2012 - 2:55pm

Boise's legislative District 17 needs a stronger voice in the Legislature, says Greg Nielson, a small businessman challenging three-term incumbent Rep. Sue Chew.
"There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho," wrote Nielson, in response to our Wednesday editorial endorsing Chew. "As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community."
Here is Nielson's full rebuttal:
As I have canvassed District 17, I have met many considerate, gracious people who are eager to share their issues and concerns regarding our community. I am dismayed that the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board may not appreciate the demand for fresh ideas and approaches to government that District 17 voters have expressed to me.
Voters believe that taxes due on Internet sales should be collected. My position on Internet sales tax collection is strong and well-developed. I believe these legal taxes could generate a great deal of needed revenue. Collection of Internet sales taxes would restore competitive balance for our local businesses that are at a disadvantage in competing with large out-of-state corporations.
As a devoted family man, I believe that strong families build strong communities. I am committed to the community I live in and to improving our quality of life.

I feel District 17 needs fresh representation with an assertive voice to stand up for its values.
• Education: the young families I have talked with understand the quality of our education system is stymied until we introduce state-supported pre-kindergarten and optional full-day kindergarten.
• Affordable postsecondary education: I find it frustrating to hear stories of people who cannot enter or who have stopped attending college simply because of Idaho’s inadequate funding of its colleges and universities. We must stop squandering Idaho’s intellectual potential.
There is a lot of interest in building a new strong Team 17 — a team working aggressively for the district and for Idaho. As a legislator I will be a valuable asset and look forward to working with and serving my neighbors in our community.
Please, vote Greg Nielson on May 15 to help give District 17 a stronger, assertive voice in the state Legislature. Thank you.


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/05/10/krichert/candidate_rebuttal_nielson_pledges_a_stronger_assertive_voice?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IdahoStatesmanQuicktakes+%28IdahoStatesman.com+Quicktakes%29#wgt=rss#storylink=cpy

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Why no debate?

A successful Saturday out on the campaign trail.  A special thanks to my mother Carrie for putting together a great BBQ for all my dedicated volunteers. After a nice break in the day I headed back out to spend more time in the neighborhood.

My most asked question this evening was why there has not been a debate, and to answer that I would have to ask Sue. I let Sue Chew know that I have received numerous requests for a debate and her response to me was that she was unable to participate at this time.

One gentleman I was talking to pointed out that if Sue Chew could not debate in front of her own supporters and peers, in her own district, than how do we expect her to stand up and fight for the issues that district 17 feels are important, in a Republican led House.  This I thought was a fine point!
 

You know you are in the right place when you really enjoy what you are doing.
 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Nielson Campaign Headquarters
I would like to thank all of my generous donors and wonderful volunteers for your help!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Idaho Statesman Voter Guide

Biographical Information   
Experience: I am a native to Idaho and I love all that it has to offer and I will fight to protect and preserve its beauty for generations to come. As a small business owner of Idaho Book Fairs, I will strive to encourage local growth and prosperity. As a father of two preschool daughters I am passionate about quality education in our schools. With my experience as a Firefighter for the Forest Service I am a strong proponent to protect the environment. As a volunteer as the Secretary and C.F.O for a non-profit organization that promotes bully and drug abuse prevention, I see the need for strong parent and community involvement. With my experience in the private sector preparing tax returns and auditing for CPA firms along with my experience as a Financial Adviser, I see the need to be fiscally responsible. With my experience as a site coordinator at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, I see the social injustice and need for a living wage in Idaho. I believe there is a balance in everything in life and I will be a strong advocate for a balanced government.
Education: Centennial High School, 2000 Utah State University, Business Accounting, 2004



Read more here: http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman2012/index.do?i=0#storylink=cpyHow will you vote on the Students Come First referenda? Why?

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    Taxpayers across Idaho have been asked to raise property taxes to make up for lower state support of K-12 schools. How do you intend to deal with state education budget issues? Be specific.

    Read more here: http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman2012/index.do?i=0#storylink=Taxpayers across Idaho have been asked to raise property taxes to make up for lower state support of K-12 schools. How do you intend to deal with state education budget issues? Be specific.

    Read more here: http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman2012/index.do?i=0#storylink=Taxpayers across Idaho have been asked to raise property taxes to make up for lower state support of K-12 schools. How do you intend to deal with state education budget issues? Be specific.

    Read more here: http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman2012/index.do?i=0#storylink=Taxpayers across Idaho have been asked to raise property taxes to make up for lower state support of K-12 schools. How do you intend to deal with state education budget issues? Be specific.

    Read more here: http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/statesman2012/index.do?i=0#storylink=Taxpayers across Idaho have been asked to raise property taxes to make up for lower state support of K-12 schools. How do you intend to deal with state education budget issues? Be specific.

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  • Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    -May 2nd, 2012-  Another great day talking to the fine people of this district! I had some really great conversations today. I feel very inspired. My hope is to involve more people in the primary election and to encourage people to be apart of the system.

    I am receiving a lot of questions about a debate with the incumbent Sue Chew. At this time Sue has let me know that she unable to participate in a debate. I am looking into this further and will keep everyone updated.

    Thank you and I appreciate all of the support I have received.

    Greg

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Greg Nielson 4 District 17





    "BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD"
    -Mahatma Gandhi

    Who is Greg Nileson?

    Idaho Native- I was born in Coeur d' alene Idaho and attend Elementary School in Caldwell where my elderly grandparents still live. My family moved to Pocatello as I entered the Junior High and then settled here in Boise where I graduated High School and went on to College. After graduating college with an accounting degree I worked as a Wildland Fire Fighter for the Forest Service in Island Park. In my second year with the Forest Service I met my wife Tiffany and after that season I moved to Boise to start a family. We have lived in District 17 for almost seven years and I can not imagine living any place else.  
    Working for the Forest Service

    My wife Tiffany attended Washington Elementary, North Junior High and graduated from Boise High School. She then went on to earn a Social Work degree from Boise State University and is a Licensed Social Worker. She served a year as a VISTA(Volunteers in Service to America)Volunteer for Catholic Charities of Idaho, is on the school board for our daughters preschool and is also the water manager for our group of homes(Lateral 1452A). Along with being an excellent wife and mother she is now in her 10th year as a vendor at the Capital City Public Market.     


    Maddison
    Family Man-My wife and I are blessed to have two wonderful daughters. Molly age 4 and Gracie age 2. These girls are the light and love of our life. We also have an Australian Sheppard, Maddison who is extremely good at alerting us when we have visitors. 


    Molly taking Cheep Cheep for a ride
    The smallest members of the family are our 6 chickens some of which Molly received for her third birthday. The girls just adore their feathered friends. Molly even insisted we bring "Cheep Cheep" her newest chicken to Island park for a family reunion with us last summer and we did. What an adventure!




     I am the fourth brother in a family of five boys and what a great place to be. As a kid I was not always sure about being number four in the line up. Today I have amazing family support, a lot of great memories and a helping of daily gratitude. 



    Business Owner- I have been a small business owner of Idaho Book Fairs (www.idahobookfairs.com)for the past five years.What an exciting and challenging ride. I really enjoy working with the librarians in the community. I feel so satisfied that we are able to contribute to our community by reducing the work load for our librarians and increasing the selection and quality of books offered in our school library's. 

    While building our business I worked for several CPA firms in town conducting field audits and preparing tax returns. I also worked as a Financial Adviser for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for some time and was the Coordinator for a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site. I currently volunteer as the Secretary and CFO for a non-profit organization, Educational Lifeline (http://www.educationallifeline.org) that focuses on Self-Esteem and Bully Prevention.  



    Outdoor Enthusiast-With great appreciation for all the wonderful open space Idaho provides we try to spend a great deal of time in the out doors. We enjoy snowboarding in the Winter and mountain biking in the warmer weather. The year round walking trails  and the greenbelt are great and there so many more possibilities to explore, there is always something new and wonderful to discover. Our family has a tradition of going to Idaho City to harvest our own Christmas Tree each year and we cherish the memories we have created. 






    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!