SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – UPDATE: The District 2 seat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is officially vacant Friday night after Jeremy Taylor announced his resignation from the board, effective immediately.
The announcement comes after Taylor’s residency in District 2 was called into question, and his voter registration canceled by Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill.
A week ago, Taylor said he would fight his disqualification from the Board and file a legal appeal.
But on Friday, he said stress on his family and the likely expense tied to an appeal have lead him to his decision to resign.
“We’ve invested a lot as a family and I’ve invested a lot personally from celebrating 100 years of this courthouse and long term planning and lowering the leeves six years in a row, moving our mental health region to some regional partnerships,” said Taylor.
Taylor said he made a positive impact while serving on the board.
“Out in the rural areas, investing in our gravel roads, or coming up with county-wide paramedics and so there has been much that has been accomplished in the past five years. I hope that it served Woodbury County well,” said Taylor.
Taylor said he will now focus on his primary campaign for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Steve King.
As for what’s next for the Woodbury County Supervisors, Board Chairman Matthew Ung told KCAU 9 that a decision should be made next week when the county Auditor, Attorney, and Treasurer meet regarding how Taylor’s District 2 seat will be filled.
“My opinion and anticipation is that they will call for a special election which I think is the best course of action considering the nearly three years left in this term. I think it is important for there to be a vote. It will come at a cost, roughly $25,000,” said Ung.
Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor said that he is resigning from his position. He said it was effective Friday.
Taylor made the announcement at a Friday press conference at the Woodbury County Courthouse.
Taylor’s voting registration was canceled Monday. County Auditor Pat Gill made the ruling in determining Taylor’s residency after a hearing was held. Gill also said that Taylor wouldn’t be able to continue to serve on the board.
Taylor said his resignation isn’t an agreement with the way his voter registration cancelation removed him from the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He said that the situation was taking a toll on his family as part of his reason.
While he believes there may be a better verdict in an appeal, that would cost thousands of dollars and would be hard for his family.
Taylor highlighted the accomplishments the county has done, including the renovation of the courthouse, lowering tax levy, and realigning a partnership with a mental health district.
County Supervisor Keith Radig spoke at the conference as well, saying that by losing Taylor, the county is losing a strong advocate for the taxpayer.
Taylor said he is continuing his candidacy to be the Representative of the 4th congressional district of Iowa.
Watch the press conference below.