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County commissioner announces bid for re-election

January 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

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Mike Taylor takes great pride in announcing his candidacy for re-election as a Randolph County Commission member.

In declaring his candidacy, Taylor said it has been an honor to serve the people of Randolph County for the past five and a half years and he is looking forward to serving another term.

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Mike Taylor

During his first term in office, Taylor was elected by his fellow commissioners to serve as president of the commission for three and a half years, the position in which he is currently serving.

"As a member of the Randolph County Commission I have had the privilege and honor to be a part of many major accomplishments in and for Randolph County," he said in a news release.

He said some of those accomplishments include the construction and completion of the Wees Courthouse Annex, realignment of the magisterial districts and precincts bringing them in line with state and federal regulations, administrating grants for homeland security that have improved radio communications and public safety throughout Randolph County and north central West Virginia, administering grants received for the improvement of court facilities, courthouse security and major renovations to the courthouse and other county-owned facilities and doubling the size of the county Sheriff's Department.

"I am especially proud of the commission's fiscal management of the construction financing of the Wees Building," Taylor said. "Through prudent fiscal management, the 20-year $2.5 million construction loan has already been reduced to $318,000 saving the county over $700,000 in interest."

He also noted that he and his fellow commissioners are very proud of their accomplishments in the promotion of tourism in the area through responsible spending of the county's share of the hotel/motel tax revenues.

"I want our citizens to know that the accomplishments achieved over the past five and a half years were not mine alone," he said. "What has been accomplished during my term has been a team effort - not that of just one person. It takes all of us working together with and for the people of Randolph County to achieve what is best for the people."

Taylor comes to the County Commission with a strong background in law, administrative management and personnel leadership. In addition to completing a successful first term in office, he served 25 and a half years as a member of the West Virginia State Police, rising through the ranks to retire in the rank of major serving as officer in charge of field services in the state's western command.

Taylor resides on Haddix Road with his wife of 39 years, the former Judith "Judy" Johnson. They are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Delaney and Myla, children of their daughter, Jennifer and her husband Matt. The Taylors are members of St. Brendan Church in Elkins.



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