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Jeremy Taylor "Is No Longer Eligible" to serve on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors

Tuesday afternoon’s Woodbury County Supervisors’ meeting will be missing one local lawmaker.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports Supervisor Jeremy Taylor isn’t expected to attend.   

Woodbury County Supervisor Taylor is weighing his legal options after County Auditor Pat Gill revoked his voter registration on Friday and then Monday said he is ineligible to serve on the board.

Gill says it will take a court order to reinstate Taylor.

Gill ruled evidence showed Taylor’s primary residence is on Christy Road.  The location is out of Taylor’s current district.  Taylor says his primary residence is a home on Grandview Boulevard.  That’s within his district.

Gill called a news conference at the Woodbury County Courthouse on Monday and says his decision wasn’t based on partisan politics. 

Gill is a Democrat and Taylor a Republican.

“As far as the decision goes, I feel comfortable that I did the right thing.  But, the bottom line is, It’s not about me it’s about Mr. Taylor’s actions."

Taylor, who also attended the news conference then addressed the media. 

“I also want to make sure that some of the salacious accusations that have been out there are answered.  Including things like I lied to the VA, which is not true,” said Jeremy Taylor.

Taylor says he was upfront with the VA when securing a loan for his new property in Morningside.  Plus, he added the hearing last week didn’t allow him to present rebuttal evidence proving his primary home is on the northside of Sioux City.

“I’m bothered by the fact that five of my  neighbors who live within 100 feet were dismissed for evidence of one person who doesn’t even live on my block.”

Maria Rundquist, who filed a State of Iowa Voter Challenge that kicked off the controversy, also spoke to reporters on Monday. 

“Mr. Taylor is lashing out due to his own deceptive actions.  He has not been honest and transparent and has been caught.”

Rundquist, who has run for public office in the past, including mayor, didn’t rule out running for Taylor’s Supervisor seat.

Taylor said he filed a written statement with the County Attorney on Friday announcing his plans to appeal the Auditor’s decision and he thought he could still serve on the board. 

Taylor also requested a separate hearing scheduled for Monday with Gill, the County Attorney and Treasurer to decide his fate on the board, be postponed while he appealed the voter registration challenge. 

If the court doesn't intervene Auditor Pat Gill says he prefers holding a special election to fill Taylor's seat.

Taylor was also asked if he plans to continue his campaign for U.S. Congress.  He said "yes," however he will be spending time trying to sort out the supervisor situation.  Taylor is one of four candidates running against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.