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Colleyville City Council Election and another run by
Colleyville's perennial candidate Mike Taylor, with a
record of 7 times running for office on Colleyville's
City Council. If you like a semi-professional
local politician..you will love Mike Taylor. He
has a long storied history of being involved in
Republican Politics as well as local politics where he
has a reputation of being on ALL SIDES OF MOST ISSUES.
However, before you believe, Taylor's "I am a
conservative" chant; note this is the guy who voted to
strip the long time and storied Couch family of their
commercial property on Hwy 26, (now where the Londoner
stands). Then agreed to turn around and lease the
property to the developer of the Village of Colleyville
for $10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In other words, the
rights of the individual may be secondary to the
government's will and what is best for the city, as he
So when you think about this election and the nonsense
the Glade Road Ballot Initiative will STOP improvements
to Glade Road..FIRST that is not the case, intersections
as well as a total reconstruction is allowed; but NOT
the 10 year dilemma whereby the Glade Road, Put in
10 ft trails in an Eminent Domain Land Grap, would have
If you are willing to take land from an elderly couple
and then lease to a Developer for $10; then my guess is
voting to take your land on Glade Road, destroy your
trees and the rural feel, for the benefit of his
regional partners..is a very real possibility.
This guy should go....he has morphed into a Regional
Representative, NOT a Colleyville Citizens Advocate.
Since LNO has been published since 2000, a significant
amount of perspective on this year's 8th run for office
by Mr. Taylor, for those who may not have lived in
Colleyville for the last 15 to 25 years is presented
Below are links and excerpts from 15 years of covering
Colleyville politics by LNO and Mike Taylor..there is
much more as well.
Time Stamped 4-30-01 @ 9:12 AM 2001
I have just received Mike Taylor's latest
campaign "literature." I believe he is wasting
his time running for mayor of Colleyville. He
needs to relocate to Washington D.C. and become
a political spin doctor! His facts are massaged
so much they bear little resemblance to the
truth. If he had worked for Clinton, he wouldn't
have any impeachment worries, there would have
been talk of adding him to Mt. Rushmore.
He states he is for the library, but has voted
against it every time except the one instance he
brings up, and that was not a vote to have a
library or not.
If he is so certain that he reflects the will of
the people, he should not be so misleading in
his campaign literature. Tell it like it is, Mr.
Taylor and let the citizens decide.
Mike Taylor, seen accepting a plaque for his
service on the Hwy 26 Committee from current
Mayor Donna Arp, filed for mayor yesterday
saying "Newton was from the past" and "Hocutt
was part of the status quo".
Mike Taylor has filed for Place 2 City Council
as of 5 pm on Thursday. Taylor is a two time
loser for mayor running in 2001 against Donna
Arp, Taylor received 42% of the vote out of
3,392 votes. Taylor ran again in a three way
race with current Mayor Joe Hocutt and former
Mayor Richard Newton and received only 664 or
March 5, 2005
In a news release today, Mike
Taylor, a longtime community volunteer and
former councilman, announced his filing for
Place 2 on the Colleyville City Council.
The release continued, a lifelong
resident, Taylor has over 20 years of dedicated
service to the Colleyville and the Northeast
Tarrant County communities..
2005 Taylor voted to take Couch Property by
threats of Eminent Domain
In the summer of 2000, Taylor supported the most
controversial threaten condemnation of private
property in the city's history when the historic
Couch property was purchased by the city. The
elderly Mrs. Couch stated that Taylor had
attempted to convince her to sell their building
to the city in 1999, however she wanted to keep
the property. The City Council voted to take
the property, by condemnation if necessary.
After purchasing the property, the building was
leased to the Village of Colleyville development
for $10 per month. After LNO exposed the deal
with the Village and the resulting significant
public outcry, Taylor later recanted his vote in
a speech to the City Council stating "if
I had known what was going on behind my back,
with negotiations with the Village, I would have
never supported the condemnation of that (Couch) property."
Click to Hear Mr. Taylor's Comments
During his fourth run for office, after losing
three times in a row, Taylor was said to have
stated, in a gathering of supporters,
he had the ear of the Star-Telegram and
he would use it to clean up matters at city hall.
I don't know what he meant, but I am convinced
Taylor at least has the ear of the Courier and
continues as a source of "inside" information.
The most recent "clean up" had to do with the
city's website, as noted below.
Of course, there were these headlines in 2009 -
is barred from GOP convention because of altered
Excerpts from the Article.
Taylor's "This is always how we have done
business," is an affront to the election process
The names of the list was headed by Michael
Taylor, the Place 6 candidate for re-election
along with Susan his wife and Caitlin his
daughter. Steven and Vicki Weinberg were also
added although there is no evidence that the
Weinbergs were aware of the change in advance.
Precinct Convention Chairman) took
exception to the incredulous notion that someone
could simply go into the GOP headquarters, open
a sealed envelope, whiteout the documents to
alter the number of people attending AND then
simply name delegates to the County/Senatorial
District Convention, including Mike Taylor the
individual that admitted to changing the
Barber told LNO that
the committee refused to seat any of the people
listed headed by Mike Taylor. Another witness
that asked not to be named said one member of
the committee said she was "appalled" at the
alteration of documents.
Taylor "admitted" he was the one that altered
the document, however Barber paraphrased that
Taylor said"...that is how things have been
done." Taylor was also alleged to say that
these were new people and really did not
understand the process.
However, Taylor's "stuffing the delegate ballot
box" was not "just the way things get done." He
was not the only individual barred from being a
delegate at the convention.
Barber said his first involvement with the
Republican Party at this level was very
disheartening and disappointing. "Although the
Credentials Committee refused to seat Mike
Taylor how many other places does this go
unchallenged. It makes a mockery of getting
involved at the local level. The established
political boys don't want their boat rocked by
newcomers so they have built walls and
alteration of rules at will to fit their need."
Read the News Story.
Mike Taylor has a problem filing
campaign finance reports
seems Mr. Taylor mistakenly filed his "neighbor"
at his home address, plus more.
Read the News Story
February 26, 2010 - Letter to Editor
Lopez Stirs up Activity and a State Rep pays
money to get rid of her.
By the way, Mike has never done his job of
precinct chair. He has never notified me of any
"Republican" activities, voting info , or
anything. Ellen, even though she doesn't have
the title, has busted her hiney trying to inform
our precinct of election times, location, and
candidates. Why does Mike Taylor care if he is
February 27, 2013
Editorial..Why Did Councilman Taylor NOT KNOW he
voted to sale Park Property?
please read through the document to the planning
stages of Parks in Colleyville.
One will note that the document produced cover
1996 -1998 with further plans for Kimzey Park
clearly discussed in the Implementation of park
priorities during this time frame. A great deal
of the work done in 1998. Councilman Mike
Taylor served on City Council in 1998 along with
myself. Therefore, it certainly appears to be
somewhat disingenuous for today's Council Taylor
to state he voted for the Resolution to sale the
Park Property because"Councilman
Taylor said they did not know about the 20 page
they voted last week."
September 19, 2014
Taylor is clearly enamored with his role on the
Regional Boards of Tex Rail and the Council of
Governments. It appears particularly strange
for one who professes to be a conservative, as
Taylor does, to take the position that there is
nothing the citizens of Colleyville can do. In
other words, if you live in Colleyville, when it
comes to regional decisions that can impact your
home, you are the pawn of regional and the
federal government. There is nothing you can
do, nor is there anything you should do,
because you don't want to upset the "other
further underscore the thinking of Councilman
Mike Taylor he was quoted as saying the city is
not a part of the project (TexRail). He
suggested residents visit the TEX Rail website
or attend public hearings for information.
Once again ignoring the fact Taylor voted for a
2009 Resolution supporting the project by the
City of Colleyville.
Of course, Taylor has a reputation for being on
many sides of the same issues. As far back as
2006 a column by Linda Baker
perspective: Mike Taylor's Campaign for Place 6,"
( click on link to see), had
some interesting observations, including
Taylor's Quality of Life Claims.
August 20, 2014
Councilman mike Taylor responded, "We
have been clear we don't want the rail."
Then Taylor continued to say, "However,
I have a big concerned about how many people are
retired. Everyone does not drive an expensive
car to get to work. In Colleyville, we want
waiters to serve our tables but they don't have
a way to get here." Taylor
said to Putnam, "In
reality you are trying to get people mad about
something we can do nothing about."
"I don't play games, nobody says what we can do
to negate the rail," he
November 09, 2014 Colleyville, TX
Mike Taylor on opposing side to
Tarrant County GOP on Tex Rail.
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Lt. Col (Ret.) Allen West,
Nelson Thibodeaux, Editor
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