5 candidates vying for Taylorsville mayor
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 04, 2012 | 1652 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Taylorsville is holding a special election to choose its next mayor after the resignation of previous mayor Cary Rhodes. Mitchell Bagley, Lamar Cantrell, Eddie Newman, Michael Owen and James Ross are the candidates running for the position. A sixth, Jeff Rhodes, had been on the ballot, but withdrew from the race early in November.

Name: Mitchell Bagley

Occupation: Captain, Cartersville Fire Department

Education: Graduated from Cass High School

Relatives: Wife, Rhonda Lanier Bagley; sons, Jason Nelson and Taylor Bagley; son and daughter-in-law, Cody and Adrian Bagley; daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Josh Poston; granddaughter, Kylee Poston; parents, Melvin and Betty Bagley

Age: 45

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A. Like that of a small town, Taylorsville has the atmosphere of an old country store. Keeping Taylorsville a small town is one of the important factors of why I ran for mayor. I think that by allowing a group of individuals to work to keep the small town atmosphere that was created so long ago will keep all of the ethics and accomplishments of those that lived when Taylorsville was first started alive.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?

A. If elected a couple of my accomplishments would be to keep Taylorsville prospering by making sure those citizens ideas and concerns are closely scrutinized by the mayor and council. If the ideas are economically feasible for Taylorsville, we — the mayor and council — would implement the ideas in order for the town to be more citizen driven rather than governmentally driven.

What is the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville?

A. Taylorsville is one of the many cities in Bartow County, and within each small city, they have town charters. Taylorsville’s town charter has not been looked at since being put into place and that is the pressing issue for the city. We need to look it over and make sure the information within the charter is exactly what the town needs.

Once in office what will be your top priority?

A. One of the top priorities that I have for Taylorsville is to make sure that it is a stable town. We have seen great instability over the past years and Taylorsville deserves a chance to be stable once again.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A. I feel that I am the best candidate for the position through living in Taylorsville for 11 years and watching many things change. I have questioned and recommended many ideas and concerns to local council members through direct contact. Throughout the years, I have been given the opportunity to get to know many citizens of Taylorsville. I have worked in public service for over 25 years, working for the local government has given me the opportunity to take classes concerning customer service and ethics. Through being a public service worker, I have gained many contacts that would benefit the city of Taylorsville.

Name: Lamar Cantrell

Occupation: Retired

Education: Taylorsville School — 10th Grade, graduate from Cass High

Relatives: Wife, Linda Hames Cantrell; son, Darin Cantrell; daughter, Samantha Cantrell; and five grandchildren

Age: 63

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: As a lifelong resident of Taylorsville I have always been interested in the well-being of the people in our community.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?

A: To keep the community better informed by regular open communications and determine the needs of the residents.

What is the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville? 

A: Ensuring that all requirements for the city charter are maintained.

Once in office what will be your top priority?

A: To work with police and sheriff offices to provide more frequent presence of patrols for community safety.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: Through previous work as a team member with the Taylorsville Community Volunteer Fire Department and other involvement as a lifelong resident, and continuing pride in the success of our small hometown atmosphere, I will be dedicated to meeting the needs of Taylorsville.

Name: Eddie Newman

Age: 51

Education: High school diploma

Occupation: Heavy Equipment Operator

Family: Wife, Ida; two children, daughter Jennifer and son Jonathan; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A. To keep this city of Taylorsville as simple and nice as it is. This is a very nice community to raise a family in.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A. To try and get more citizens involved in our monthly meetings. Also work with local law enforcement to patrol the area more often, and listen to the people to see what issues they might have.

What is the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville?

A. Electing a new mayor for the city of Taylorsville.

Once in office what would be your top priority?

A. Meeting with the city council and attorney to see what needs to be addressed.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

A. I have lived here for 24 years. I have been to the last regular monthly meetings for the past 18 months and am aware of the business and finance of the city. And can also work with the city council on any issues that may arise.

Name: Michael Owen

Occupation: President of North GA Welding

Age: 42

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A. When elected, I will retain the small town warmth and integrity that Taylorsville has developed.

What is the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville?

A. One of the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville to me is maintaining the city charter and become more self-supported.

Once in office what would be your top priority? 

A. Once in office my top priority would be make sure that the citizens of Taylorsville feel safe and secure living in the city of Taylorsville.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

A. I feel as though I hold the best interest of our city at hand and will be able to help take it to the future, while maintaining the small home town feeling that we have all grown to love.

Name: James Grady "Jimmy" Ross

Education: Acworth Grammar School, Cass High School, General Motors Training Center, Marietta-Cobb Area Vo-Tech and Georgia Tech

Occupation: Machine Services Supervisor II, have been with GA Tech for 31 years

Family: Married, Sherry Ross; two children, Shane Garner and Stacy Agan; five grandchildren, Jessica Garner, Cody Garner, George Garner, Nikki Friedman and Jacie Agan; and two little dogs, Lizzie Lou and Georgie Boy.

Age: 61

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A. I had several people at church and in the neighborhood approach me about running, I thought it over and decided I love this small town and it's people and would like the opportunity to try and help.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A. I would like to try and open a line of communication between the sheriff's office both in Bartow and Polk County for a faster response to our needs, better kept roads, a more modern infrastructure in the city council and keep our small town the way we all love it.

What is the most pressing issue facing Taylorsville?

A. We have had vandalism and break-ins in town in the old fire station, community center and windows broken out in the U.S. Post Office. I would like to install a few well-placed and hidden cameras to monitor the area and hopefully stop this problem.

Once in office what would be your top priority?

A. To reassure the people of Taylorsville the town is a strong and safe place for our family's to live and grow.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

A. I am honest, trustworthy and will speak for the majority of the people in Taylorsville, and also live almost in the center of town so I can monitor things. I will also be retiring the end of March 2013 so I can devote more time to the job if elected.