Ed Taylor Returns to the Pinellas Park City Council
By ANNE LINDBERG
Tampa Bay Reporter
He will temporarily replace Patricia “Patti” Johnson, who passed away last month. He will serve until a special election in August.
PINELLLAS PARK – Ed Taylor, who served on the Pinellas Park City Council for 20 years, has been appointed to temporarily fill the seat left vacant on the death last month of Patricia “Patti” Johnson.
He was appointed to the position during a council meeting Thursday (March 12) evening.
Taylor will serve until Aug. 27, the first council meeting after the Aug. 18 primary election. Pinellas Park will hold a special election on Aug. 18 to fill the remainder of Mrs. Johnson’s term. Taylor does not plan to run in August.
Taylor said today (March 13) that he was just keeping the seat warm until the special election.
Taylor’s appointment means the council will have a full contingent of five members during the upcoming budget season. He will also likely be on the council as members debate upcoming development issues, including the proposed construction of apartments in the northeast section of the city near the Mainlands community.
Taylor is the owner of Taylor Family Funeral Home on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park.
He was first elected to the council in March 1998 and was reelected in all subsequent elections. He retired from the council in 2018 at the end of his final term. While on the council, he served on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the Agency on Bay Management.
Taylor is past president of the Pinellas Park Historical Society, member of Celebrate Pinellas Park, Inc., Pinellas Park Art Society, Friends of Library, Pinellas Park Rotary Club, Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club, Pinellas Park/Mid-County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Diocesan Board of Catholic Formation & Education, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Knights of Columbus, O.T.H.E.R.S. of Morning Star School and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is the vice chairman of the Pinellas Park Water Management District, with a term to expire in October 2020.
Taylor is married, has two sons and four granddaughters and a cat.
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