Taylor enters at-large race in Waynesboro

Story by Erin Gutzwiller

If asked three months ago if running for Waynesboro City Council was an option, Jeremy Taylor would have answered a simple “no.”
But since then, the current Waynesboro School Board Ward C representative decided that his “talents can help continue our reputation as a great small city and, at the same time, address the concerns that all of America’s communities are facing.”
With this as his motivation, Taylor has decided to run for the at-large seat that is up for grabs in this year’s city-council election.

Taylor, 52, has lived in Waynesboro since 1996 with his wife and four children. He earned his undergraduate and law degree from the College of William and Mary. Taylor said today that he had considered running for city council down the road, however, it was an opportunity that came along this year that he felt he must pursue.

He states that his heart is with the Waynesboro School Board, but as a member of city council he will serve the City of Waynesboro the way that it needs to be served. Taylor is focused on the restoration of the idea of teamwork to the council, making it an organization that the city can be proud of. Taylor says “that it is time to bring the spirit of teamwork to council in order to move our city forward”.

His centerpiece for both his campaign and throughout his term on the council is making sure the school system continues to improve throughout Waynesboro school districts. While on the school board, Taylor has focused on teaching reading and literacy in an effective way, improving the test scores of the students. As Taylor states, he “has taken a hands-on approach to his school-board duties.” He wants to continue the good results that he has started in the school system.

Taylor wants Waynesboro to be a place where people can raise families and retire. He believes in constructive engagement between the members of the council to continually improve the City of Waynesboro.

Erin Gutzwiller is an intern at the Augusta Free Press.

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