Taylor reflects on primary results
By Michael Butler
Although Elmore County District 2 Commissioner Trey Taylor came up short in his reelection bid, he says there is still work to do.
"There are still some projects going on that we've got to finish," said Taylor. "The project with the road going up to Tallassee Elementary School and Community Hospital will be coming up this summer. Mooney Hollow Road at the end near Little Road has to be paved."
Taylor who defeated Mack Daugherty by single digits in a runoff for the position in 2012, lost in Tuesday's primary rematch. Daugherty received 56 percent of votes cast.
"This was a clean race. There was no mud slinging. Congratulations to Mack," Taylor said. "I'm disappointed, but I can't go out and vote for people. I did my best. We had 19 roads in District 2 paved, five dirt roads and a monumental $45 million brought into the county."
Of the four contested commission races in Elmore County, three incumbents were beaten.
"You can look back at the limited self government," Taylor noted. "I didn't put it in. The citizens put it in. I did vote for it to be put on the ballot."
In his hometown of Tallassee Taylor beat Daugherty 585-240 at the Tallaweka box. "I won more boxes than I did last time. I didn't win but three boxes last time," he said.
Taylor's lineage runs deep in public service. His uncle Paul Taylor and father Melvin both served in office as county commissioners. Both overcame losses and came back to serve in office again. Taylor's father served three consecutive terms after a setback.
"I really don't think I'll get back into politics," Taylor stated. "I'm not a sore loser. I'm still going to be Trey Taylor. I'm going to walk around in my shorts and flip flops and do what I do. I didn't change during this election. I'm still the same person you can come and talk to."
Elmore County Commission District 2
Mack Daugherty - 2,476 (56%)
James "Trey" Taylor - 1,932 (44%)