Noblesville Common Council President Rick Taylor is seeking a second term as a city representative. The lifelong resident of Old Town, Taylor is keen on the importance of the neighborhood and the city’s downtown.
“Downtown development is crucial to the city,” he said. “The biggest thing is seeing Old Town is not forgotten. There are voices we don’t need to lose focus on.”
While Taylor voted against the Federal Hill project, he said he supported the idea just not the price tag.
“The decision is the right one for Noblesville to move the west side to downtown,” he said. “We’re working hard to make sure it’s the right thing to do.”
Items on Taylor’s radar include balancing the budget, better protect public safety, Eastside Park and economic development.
“In 2014, approximately 44 percent of corporate capital investment in Hamilton County was in Noblesville,” Taylor said. “That helps the tax base and doesn’t include retail like Cabela’s, Terry Lee Hyundai and 146th Street and Ind. 37.”
Taylor retired from the Noblesville Fire Dept. in 2010 after 33 years of service and earning the rank of assistant chief of operations. He and wife, Sandy, have two daughters, Amanda and Brooke.
“I have the time and desire to serve the citizens of Noblesville,” he said. “I have a good working relationship with the departments and city hall in general.”
Of Noblesville’s 10 races, only two are unopposed – setting up a political frenzy before May’s primary election. Names on the ballots include:
Mayor – John Ditslear and Mike Corbett
City clerk – Evelyn Lees
City court judge – Greg Caldwell, Paul Pacior and Trenna S. Parker
Council District 1 – Henry Cole and Roy Johnson
Council District 2 – Peggy Barts, Christopher Jensen and Michele Leach
Council District 3 – Dave Carter, Gary Duvall and Rick Taylor
Council District 4 – Wil Hampton, Darren Peterson and Stephen Wood
Council District 5 – Greg O’Connor
Council District 6 – Sean Brady and Megan Wiles
Council At-large (R) – Ray Ade, Brian Ayer, Patrick Berghoff, Mark Boice, Debbie Folkerts, Dave Johnson, Mary Sue Rowland and Jeff Zeckel.
Council At-large (D) – Marie “Mimi DeMore and Paula Gilliam.