Albany -- Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor kicked off his gubernatorial campaign today. He returned to his hometown of Albany to do it.
Mark Taylor said his elementary school, Sherwood Acres, was the only place he could start his campaign. "Today I officially announce my candidacy for Governor of Georgia," he said.
The school's gym was crowded with friends and supporters, and students. Taylor said, "So much that is important to me and my life, comes from this place-- Albany."
Taylor said education is his number one priority, and pledged to stop what he called one billion dollars in state school funding cut since 2003. "In every single school, in every county of this state-- cut, cut, cut."
Many of the people Mark Taylor grew up with were there to back him. Albanian Dee Matthews said, "He's always wanted to be Governor. A long time ago I told him when he was a small child 'You just love politics.' He said 'I love everything about it.'"
Former County Commission Chairman Lamar Reese said, "We have supported and followed him all through the years. We are looking forward for him."
Taylor said if Governor he would increase school funding, provide health insurance for all Georgia children, remove sales tax from over the counter medicine, build more prisons and jail space to reduce crime, and put every Georgian first. "This Big Guy has always, and will always, look after the Little Guy, every single time."
A number of South Georgians showing their support for Mark Taylor as he starts his campaign. He made another announcement in Atlanta this afternoon.
This weekend Taylor will tour five other cities with Ambassador Andrew Young as he kicks off his run for Governor.
Mark Taylor says his years of experience in Georgia's legislature gives him the experience to be Governor.
Mark Taylor was born in 1957 in Albany
Bachelor Degree Emory University 1979
Law Degree-U.G.A. 1982
Elected State Senate 1987
Re-elected Five Times Senate Floor Leader 1991-1998
1998 Elected Georgia's Tenth Lt. Governor
Mark Taylor will face another well-known South Georgian in the race for Governor. It was a year ago tomorrow that Secretary of State Cathy Cox kicked off her gubernatorial campaign.
The Bainbridge native is the first woman ever elected to statewide office in Georgia and some political observers view her as the frontrunner in this race.
The former newspaper reporter-turned-attorney served seven years in the Georgia Legislature before being elected Secretary of State in 1999.
Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor will face each other in July to determine who will be the Democratic challenger to Republican Governor Sonny Perdue.
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