By Naomi Hatch
Eight candidates are seeking election to one of four seats on the Taylor Town Council, including Vice Mayor Jane Lee, Councilman Alan Ramage, and Erin Amos, Ron Bish, Jason Brubaker, Carl Cosper, Lynn DeWitt and Dave Smith.
Following are the candidates’ statements.
“I appreciate the opportunity that I have to run for, and possibly serve on the Taylor Town Council for the people of Taylor. I’ve lived in Taylor for 19 years this summer and I love it! I always tell my children how blessed they are to live in such a beautiful, patriotic place.
“I feel that my life’s experiences have prepared me for this position. I’ve started many jobs at the entry level and quickly moved to higher positions, mainly managerial. I’ve worked for large corporations and small family owned businesses. I enjoy hard work and I enjoy working. I’m a ‘get-it-done’ kind of person.
“Currently, my husband and I own a successful business together. I also work as an office manager with a background in marketing, human resources, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and customer service. My strong background in business management can be very beneficial to Taylor.
“As a Taylor Town Council member I will strive to be fair and honest. My goal is to always vote in a manner that reflects the voice of the majority. I believe in right and wrong, and standing up for what you believe in and will always strive to do so.”
“I have been a Taylor resident going on 16 years now. We love this most patriotic town and the people in it. I have a strong business background not only in business ownership, but as an employee in aerospace doing systems development and design for the space shuttle and other high profile projects.
“As a council member I will be a strong advocate for the Town of Taylor, as I have been as a private citizen. We currently find our country’s economy in difficult times, and we must first look out for our town and keep Taylor from economic peril and still do the town’s business. I will be on the side of the citizens of Taylor and reject the special interests of the few out for their own personal gain.”
“I am interested in serving on the Taylor Town Council. I was invited to consider this service by individuals to whom I look up to, for their success, leadership and service. While serving our community as a funeral director, I’ve seen how many people have served our small town and its people for many years. As a recipient of the blessings of their service, I am appreciative. I appreciate that my family lives in this special town and that our basic needs are met. We love the activities, town gatherings, service projects and fundraisers that take place here. I want to serve on the town council to participate in the maintenance, support and continued growth of our town.
“My qualifications to serve include being a husband and father, a business owner and employer that has served the community, and one that has supported schools, sports, 4-H, churches, scouting, rodeos, town clean ups, parades, senior services and chambers of commerce. I see value in limiting unnecessary debt and investing frugally in local business.
“If elected, I will exert myself to listen, discuss and fairly coordinate with the town council, challenges that are before us. I will bring a positive attitude, influence and example. Our town hall employees need to be supported, challenged and thanked for a job well done. The community and businesses need to feel that the town leadership, offices and services will support them in positive endeavors. I ask for your vote.”
“I would like to run for town council in Taylor. I went to elementary school in Taylor and graduated from Snowflake High School.
“I have worked in the Carpenters Union for several years. I served in the United States Army for two years in Vietnam. I have worked as a project manager for a few companies, and became proficient in infrastructure, pavement, concrete, plumbing, electrical, heavy equipment and maintenance. I have also been involved with sewer treatment plants, the design of sub-divisions and roads with all infrastructures. I have been involved in the restoration of major airports and military bases, and have built and remodeled public schools. I also had my own contracting business for a few years.
“I feel we have a great town which is made up of great people I dearly love. The reason I want to run for town council is to help the town with the hard times we are facing. We as a town and council need to work together to accomplish what is best for our city.
“I need your vote and very much appreciate your time.”
No statement was received.
“I have served on Taylor’s Town Council for six years now. I have tried to study out the items brought before the council and make a decision that would benefit all of us living in Taylor.
“I feel the biggest issue facing us right now is finding an interim town manager and then a permanent town manager that will help keep us in the black financially.
“We live in a rural community, but we want modern ways in our lives. As a council member I will try to keep informed of the issues in our town that need to be addressed. Keeping us with the small town atmosphere, but growing economically is no easy task. As council members work together, goals can be achieved that are beneficial for our community.”
“I am pleased to be running for Taylor Town Council. It has been a great privilege to have represented the people of Taylor for the past two years. I have had the opportunity to serve with great people on several boards, including the Chamber of Commerce. I love the people here.
“The town is facing some major changes in leadership, and the decisions to be made will affect us for the years to come. I have no axes to grind; I will make decisions for the bettering of the entire town. I have found that one should listen to all parties, evaluate all possible options then act for the town. Personal biases cannot exist in public representation.”
“Taylor has been my home for over 35 years and I have always had the desire to serve this great community. We are still facing difficult time with some businesses folding up, or leaving. We definitely need to focus on how to become a better asset to them, help promote them and encourage residents to shop at home. I am hopeful, that with the tenacious citizens of Taylor, and good strong leadership, there will be a brighter future for all of our posterity and ourselves. Taylor citizens made big strides in protecting our heritage and our traditions, and I vow to be a part of promoting the things that we are proud of. I am asking for your vote so that I can serve you and this great community.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 12. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Taylor Town Hall.
By Naomi Hatch