By Guest Blogger, Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor
For the first time in 12 years I am without any elected official responsibilities. The past month has been unlike any other in our lifetime which has created an upheaval in all our lives. I am sure that is why I did not have a nostalgic feeling at my last Common Council Meeting or that it was not that strange to not see my name on the ballot. But maybe the real reason is that I truly was ready for a break.
I have loved politics since I was a little kid and my mom would bring home books from the Muskego Library about our presidents because I wanted to learn about the people in the oval photos above the chalkboard in my classroom. I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up and have been fortunate to live that dream.
Unfortunately, today’s political climate has gotten extremely partisan and ugly. No one can post their opinion on social media without getting attacked and told they are wrong. Friendships are getting destroyed and the personal vilification can be harmful to one’s reputation. There are very few moderates or moderate positions. For the most part it is extreme right or extreme left and little common ground. Hopefully, this can change.
I am extremely proud of my accomplishments. From getting elected in La Crosse at the age of 21 to reconstructing our crumbling county roads to working my ass off to get the Ball Park Commons approved. There are too many to list. I have made many long-lasting friendships and my fair share of enemies and haters. Some people did not like my style or my methods, but I always did it my way and I have zero regrets.
I moved to Franklin in July of 2006 and less than two years later I was sworn into office so there may be few Tuesday nights that I will be ready to leave the house with nowhere to go. I am excited about the next chapter and the opportunity to give back to our community and underprivileged communities in a different manner. But should be clear to anyone who truly knows me that politics runs through my blood and elections take place all the time. Stay Tuned!!!
Steve F. Taylor decided not to run for re-election as alderman this year. He is the Executive Director of the newly formed ROC Foundation.