C.F. “Frank” Taylor
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."