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Taylor wants to reclaim TNRD seat in Oct. 15 election

John Taylor was Area L director for 15 years, before losing the seat in the 2011 civic election
John Taylor is a candidate for TNRD Electoral Area L in the Oct. 15, 2022, civic election.

A former TNRD director and retired Monte Creek electrician has been clocking a lot of kilometres knocking on doors with the hopes of winning back his seat in the civic election.

John Taylor, 72, previously served as Area L (Grasslands) director for 15 years before he lost in 2011 to Ken Gillis, the outgoing TNRD board chair who is not seeking re-election on Oct. 15.

“It’s 2,000 square kilometres. It’s just a little under,” Taylor told KTW in an interview. “And if I put 150K on my car, that’s just going door to door each day. … One guy I stopped at, he was happy because no one had stopped there in 40 years.”

Taylor said he is running following wildfire devastation in Monte Lake last year. He wants an explanation from the province about what happened and wants to discuss plans for reforestation and grass seeding to prevent erosion and landslides.

Taylor also wants to look into the possibility of transit in rural areas, such as Monte Creek, Pritchard and Knutsford, and to seek out additional funding opportunities for the new Monte Creek Fire Hall to reduce taxation requirements. Other concerns include noxious weeds, poor cell service in rural areas, road conditions, street lighting in hazardous areas and bylaw issues.

Taylor said many people are intimidated by the TNRD’s current approach to bylaw enforcement, which he said includes filling out a form with one’s name. He said balance is needed between a more open approach and prevention of nuisance complaints.

Taylor said that, during his time on the TNRD board, he was successful with train whistle cessation in Monte Creek. He said he also worked with former local MLA Kevin Krueger in obtaining an over-underpass at the Pritchard interchange, rather than traffic lights, as was apparently discussed at the time.

Taylor also spent 14 years on the Thompson Regional Hospital District board, was a director of the Fraser Basin Council and was a member of the Pritchard Fire Department committee.

Taylor — who worked for 39 years as an electrician for Telus — has been retired since he left the TNRD.

KTW interviewed Taylor after he had met with a doctor to sign off on an application to volunteer for the new Monte Creek fire department.

“Because I’m part of the area and, to make anything work, there’s got to be involvement,” he said of his reason for volunteering.

Taylor has lived in Monte Creek for more than 40 years. The area has changed, he said, with more property owners shutting their gates. He said problems in Kamloops are migrating outwards.

Doug Haughton is also running to become the next Area L director. He was asked to run by Gillis and has no experience serving in public office, but has worked on provincial and federal campaigns in the past and is well known in the ranching community.