Taylor won’t seek re-election in Bay
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 25, 2013, 17:29
Bay St. Louis City Councilman-At-Large Bill Taylor announced Friday that he will not be seeking re-election in this June's municipal election.
"It is time for me to relax and take it easy," Taylor said. "I have done just about everything that I wanted to in my 14 years in office. I want to thank everyone for their support over the years."
Taylor is currently the city's longest serving councilman.
He first took office in 1999 after winning a special election following the death of Jimmy Rutherford.
Taylor successfully won re-election in 2001, 2005, and 2009.
As councilman-at-large, Taylor said, he always tried to keep the entire city's interest at heart.
In the often volatile Bay St. Louis political arena, Taylor was a straight-shooter with both the public and fellow elected officials.
"I did not have an agenda," Taylor said. "I tried to make decisions and vote on what was best for the majority of people in the city."
Taylor was not only a steady member of the council, but also a mentor to younger members.
"I learned a lot from Mr. Billy," Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin said Friday. "He always looked out for the taxpayers' money and he was not afraid to take a stand. I think he did a tremendous job. I hate to see him retire. He will be missed."
Taylor said he will continue to serve until his term runs out in June.
After that, he said, he will pursue some hobbies and spend his time with his family.
"I wish the council and the city the best of luck going forward," he said. "It has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve the people of Bay St. Louis."