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Taylor Not Sure About County Manager Government
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

September 14--  The District Four county commission race in Toombs County could be influenced by voters' reaction to the county manager form of government which started in Toombs County in January, 2009.

Former District Four commissioner Mel Taylor is trying to regain the seat he narrowly lost to Steve Brown four years ago.  Brown in not seeking re-election and is endorsing Jeff McCormick who supports the county manager system.

Taylor says he has mixed feelings about the issue.  "I'm not a hundred percent for it and not a hundred percent against it, but a lot of people are disturbed about him (the county manager) taking over and nobody else having no say-so but him," Taylor said. 

McCormick is being endorsed in the race by State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons, but Taylor says he's not surprised.  He's believes he and the senator had a good working relationship when Taylor was on the commission.

"We had a good relationship when it came to paving roads.  Working together while I was on the commission, I was involved in helping pave 39 roads," he notes.

Taylor disputes Senator Williams' inference that a vote for the former commissioner is a vote to return to the past.  "I'm a man of the future, I don't believe in going backwards," Taylor says.

The District Four race is the only contested Toombs County commission seat in the November 2 general election.

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