Noon Update – First-time candidate decided to get involved
Newell Taylor, running for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council, never before pictured himself in office. That is, until he moved here two years ago from Berkeley and learned about proposed Grass Valley annexations for 2005.
The annexation plans didn’t mesh with why Taylor and his partner moved up here.
“I moved to this community for several reasons,” explained Taylor, a plumber, after voting this morning. “For the small-town atmosphere, the community togetherness, all those things that would make you feel comfortable raising your kids. That’s why we chose this area. It’s a great place to live and raise children.”
Taylor sees the the possibility of the very factors that enticed him here changing, depending on the new city council makeup.
“I want to maintain the heritage and integrity of Grass Valley,” the first-time candidate said. “I want to make sure we can handle current problems before we start adding to them.”
That’s why he started his campaign three days before the nomination papers were due.
“I try to be active in my community. I’ve been preaching to the choir, and the choir told me to turn and face the pew,” said Taylor, whose previous political involvement here was working with the Green Party and becoming acquainted with community activist groups.
“One of the things I never thought was that I could be a leader. But it’s turned out to be comfortable,” Taylor noted.
Only two individuals have worked on his campaign – he and his partner.
“I’ve been knocking on doors, going through all the forums. This morning I was interviewed at 6:45 a.m. by KVMR, then there’s FCAT at 8 :45 tonight, and then KNCO,” Taylor said.
Although it is hard work, Taylor would do it again, but begin earlier next time.
“I’d start marketing at Friday Market, have a higher visibility. Develop neighborhood groups. I’ll start next week campaigning if I lose,” Taylor joked.
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