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ELECTION 2012: Lee County District 4 - Frank Taylor

Taylor wants people more involved in government

C.F. "Frank" Taylor

C.F. "Frank" Taylor

C.F. “Frank” Taylor

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired engineer (Southern Bell), retired teacher/adjunct instructor (Deerfield-Windsor, Worth County Middle, Darton College), semi-retired consultant

Post Sought: District 4, Lee County Commission

Family: Wife, Ann; son, Kevin Taylor

Key Issues: Return transparency to government; Improve county’s infrastructure; Direct more funds to public safety

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Frank Taylor makes no bones about his reasons for seeking the District 4 Lee County Commission seat.

"I wasn't going to just give Rick Muggridge a pass," Taylor, a mostly retired engineer/educator/consultant, said of the incumbent District 4 commissioner. "I think he's part of an arrogant group of commissioners that has forgotten the people of Lee County."

But Taylor cautions against labeling him a protest candidate.

"This is something I really want to do," he says. "I want to be the voice of the people of Lee County. I want to help return this commission to one of, by and for the people."

To read about Frank Taylor's opponent, Rick Muggridge, click here.

Taylor's platform, which includes calling for a public vote before any tax increase is levied, would certainly make citizens a bigger part of the county's government.

"I'm just not happy with the professionalism of the current commission," the candidate said. "They don't listen to the people when making decisions, and I believe citizens should have a say in any issue that involves their taxes, their property or their pocketbook.

"I'm not for any increase in taxes unless there's been a referendum called and the people have an opportunity to vote on it."

Taylor, who received a degree in electrical engineering after serving four years in the Air Force at Turner Field in Albany, worked with the Navy as a civil servant before moving into the private sector. He worked with Southern Bell until retiring in 1996 after helping design the video system for the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Along the way, Taylor's communications work with Bell took him to Jacksonville, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Albany, and Atlanta.

After retiring at age 53, he taught at Albany Technical College, Darton College, Columbus State University, Deerfield Windsor School and Worth Middle School. He also developed the radio design firm CFT Consulting Services, for which he still does occasional projects.

"I probably missed my calling; I should have been a teacher," he said.

As a county commissioner, Taylor said he would have the time to devote to making needed improvements in county government.

"The No. 1 priority would be getting the good old boy politics out of the commission, to make things more in line with listening to the people," he said. "I'd also emphasize improving the county's infrastructure and meeting the needs of public safety personnel.

"As soon as I got into office, I'd set up meetings with department heads to find out what the real needs of each department are and what areas could be cut. I know our sheriff's department needs more boots on the ground, and our firehouses need to be fully staffed."

Taylor also said he'd like to explore the possibility of electing a chairman and vice chairman countywide rather than have those positions voted on by the board.

"If you look at the history of Lee County, the chairman's district has always gotten the most expenditures," he said. "I believe the allocations should be based on the needs of the entire county."

Taylor said he's been knocking on the doors in District 4, but he's putting the election outcome in God's hands.

"God controls everything," he said. "If it's His will that I be elected, my heart will be in the right frame of mind. And I will listen to the needs of the people."

Comments

DoctorDorite 1 year, 9 months ago

A transfusion of new blood is sometimes vital for survival, we feel like you'll be honest and true to you word, we need you and wish for your success, GOOD LUCK !

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albanyherald1 1 year, 9 months ago

Sometimes new blood comes at a cost. Its a cost I don't think I'm willing to take. I think Mr. Taylor is just out for spite because things don't always go his way. Compared to Mr. Taylor, I think it is Mr. Muggridge who has the new blood. Lee County is growing and moving and I think there are those who have lived a little longer that think we are to stay small little Leesburg, Georgia, just a one stop town. We can still have that hometown feel, but not be so antiquated. Move into the new millinium, Mr. Taylor.

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MisterEd 1 year, 9 months ago

Muggridge should change his name to Smugridge.

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't know of any man who has worn the uniform as a member of the military as has Mr Taylor deny "any" group of citizens the right to speak at a county meeting, which Mr. Muggridge did recently when they had the meeting regarding the new apartment complex at Palmyra subdivision. That is a sure sign to me he's not a leader of the people, leader of the board maybe but not the people and that is when he lost the respect of many, telling them there would be no discussion, a ruling had already been made and the citizens had no voice in the matter. That AlbanyHerald 1 is as wrong as him banning the press from said meetings and if that happened I'd bet you'd be up in arms also screaming "open meetings " and "freedom of the press". If one is looking for the pleasure a large bloated, wasteful, over taxed county to live in then I suggest Doughtery Co., I hear they are in need of new residents to pick up the slack of those left behind in the exodus.

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

I love these types - very anti-tax, but we need to improve infrastructure. And of course the sheriff needs more "boots on the ground." I guess crime in Lee County is getting out of control because the sheriff lacks manpower. Then of course, there's the old "everything is in god's hands" nonsense. No, it's not. Everything is in the people's hands. Don't expect an invisible man in the sky to do what we must do ourselves. Stop with the god nonsense and realize it's on us to get things done.

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