Candidate Profile: Doug Taylor
by Alan Reed --
Apr 26, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Doug Taylor’s proposed approach to Trigg County’s problems is a methodical one, like everything else in his life. Running for the seat of the District 1 Magistrate at the County Fiscal Court, Taylor feels his education and experience gives him the inside track.

Taylor, who describes himself as having been born and raised in Trigg County, and his wife Beth, are parents of two. He graduated from Murray State University, with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical and mechanical engineering with an emphasis on management.

He began his engineering career in the public sector, having worked in state government. Initially he worked with the Kentucky Department of Parks in planning and development, as a project design engineer manager. He then moved to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, serving as a project manager, where he received additional education at the University of Kentucky in Urban and Economic Development. Currently, he is the plant engineer at American National Rubber.

“The greatest challenge facing Trigg County is to secure the future through positive growth and planned development,” he said. “We have a bright future here, but developing it will require more than the current tax base can provide.”

With this said, he expounded on his plans to secure income for development of the county. “I do not support a residential tax increase. Money is available when we look beyond the county to the state to secure grants. We need to work harder and more aggressively to see that some of the Federal and state revenues are returned to the community.”

Taylor believes his experience as a manager in Commonwealth programs has prepared him for the position he aspires to. “I know how politics at the state level work, and what I mean by that is that government has a responsibility to serve the needs of the people, and politics are the means employed to meet this mandate,” he explained.

“I want to offer voters a choice in their elected officials, and believe I can provide new ideas and methodology towards identifying, addressing and solving the problems in the county,” he said of why he entered this race against longtime friend and incumbent Kevin Stroud.

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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