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Taylor Looks to be 'Judge for Justice' in JP Race

Amarillo College police officer Robert Taylor wants to serve the people of Potter County at the Courthouse.

Taylor is the Republican nominee for Potter County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2. After winning a hotly contested primary bout in March, which saw the former sheriff candidate ousting incumbent Judge Richard Herman, Taylor now has his sights set on winning in November and serving the people of Potter County’s eastern district.

“I feel good,” Taylor said. “But I don’t take it lightly.”

With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Taylor has been a constant name in the news for local law enforcement agencies. The 2008 Democratic nominee for Potter County Sheriff, Taylor lost that race to Republican Brian Thomas, but decided that 2018 was the right time to run for his district.

“I have the most expertise and experience of the two people who are now running,” Taylor said.

If elected, Taylor hopes to be a fiscally responsible judge, who will be a wise steward of taxpayer dollars. Taylor says he has seen waste and believes the courts could use his watch.

“I’m tight with my money and I’m tight with taxpayer money,” Taylor said. “It needs be going where it’s supposed to go.”

The race is the hottest partisan contest for Potter County voters, and Taylor recognizes that, but says he is more focused on making sure he is ready to represent the community in which he lives.

“I’ll be a judge for justice,” Taylor said.

Taylor will face Democrat Claudia Griego in the November election. The Libertarian Party did not field a candidate in this contest.



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