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Poulter’s Type-A try

Ruth Poulter is a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact, self-labeled Type-A personality.

The single mother worked a high-tech middle management job while raising two children; bought Posh Nosh restaurant in downtown Nevada City without any previous small-business management experience; and juggled business classes at Sierra College to make up for her shortcomings.

Poulter reigned successful in each endeavor beating overwhelming odds.



So it’s no wonder Poulter was able to overcome being molested as a child and to reflect positively on what she calls a bad family situation.

“I don’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings,” Poulter said in a very matter-of-fact tone, her eyes swelling with tears. “I was in a bad family situation.”




Poulter said her ex-mother-in-law, Jenner Ammon, saved her life.

“She is an example of what you can do even if you have been subjected to dramatic things,” Poulter said. “She made me aware of my potential. And when I got a taste of what that was, I went for it.”

Poulter, a 52-year-old real estate agent, is now going for a seat on the Nevada City City Council. Poulter is one of four contenders vying for three seats in the March 2 election.

She will face opponents Steve Cottrell, David McKay and Sally Harris for seats currently held by Cottrell, McKay and Thomas Balch, who is not seeking re-election.

Poulter believes she’s an ideal candidate because, “No one tells me what to do. I am a leader not a follower.”

Common sense leadership is what the council lacks, Poulter said. With seven years experience on the Nevada City Planning Commission, Poulter said, nobody has ever tried to influence her opinion, not even Cottrell, who appointed Poulter to the commission.

Poulter, who was a teenager during the formation of the historic district downtown, said her intimacies with the town as a business owner, planning commissioner and native make her the best experienced for the job.

“I’ve seen where we’ve been and know where we ought to go,” Poulter said.

She has been active in preserving the history of Nevada City as a founding member of the Chinese Quarter Society, a group which aims to establish a memorial to the 19th century Chinese legacy.

The wooden street signs along the Chinese Quarter on Commercial Street are painted in both English and Mandarin, Poulter said.

However, she said a vital downtown goes hand-in-hand with the historic ordinance, which was passed to revitalize downtown. It is possible to preserve the history and promote business, she said.

“We have a bad reputation in terms of business; that we discourage it,” Poulter said. “We need to work with citizens.”

In spite of an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Nevada City City Council in 2000, where Poulter admits, “I lost bad,” she said she’s ready to give it her all this time around.

“I just want to make things better,” Poulter said.

Now that she has sold her restaurant and her children are out on their own, Poulter is taking on the race with reflections of her ex-mother-in-law: “She was an example of what you can do if you work hard.”


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