Taylor in the News
Taylor Sappington, of Nelsonville, serves as a solar consultant at Third Sun Solar and can often be found serving on the weekends at Texas Roadhouse. He was also recently elected to his first term on Nelsonville City Council. He’s proud to say, “I am Athens County.”
How long have you lived in Athens County?
My family has a long history in Athens County. However, my mother moved my brother and I here shortly after 2001. We moved down Route 33 so mom could attend Hocking College for nursing and we could grow up closer to family. Little did we know, that her company and job would be downsized, leaving us in the struggle of our lives. But through hard work, she earned her degree and a job serving the community.
You just recently graduated from OU. What did you major in and what do you want to do with your degree?
I just finished up my Political Science degree and it was a true learning experience. Everyone told us in school that our plans will never turn out exactly as we figured and they were they right. University took me to Washington D.C., Amman, Jordan to Jerusalem, Israel and back to Ohio again. I learned more than I ever imagined inside the classroom and out. I’ll use my degree and time working to make my town and this area an even better place to live with a higher quality of life.
What’s your favorite place in Athens County?
The best view in the county is atop Kontner’s Hill under the Nelsonville Cross. Besides having a beautiful history, the view is spectacular. You can see the the city and entire countryside. I remember a lot of time up there.
Do you have any hobbies or passions outside of work and school?
I have a couple passions I’m working on including keeping up with the papers and newest books. I am also wanting to pick up another language. I suppose gaming is a hobby of mine as I just finished and loved Halo 5. And of course, spending time with my friends, who I depend on. Time with friends and family is always time well spent.
What do you love about Nelsonville?
I love the small town community and the hard working folks, but I think it’s deeper than that. This is a place that has experienced painful news for decades with closure after closure and the recent fire. But despite that, the people here just don’t quit. A walk through town is like a who’s who of individuals who are involved in youth groups, the food bank, or trying to revitalize business. I’ve driven through many small towns where it’s clear that pessimism had won out, but Nelsonville is not in that list. We haven’t quit. We won’t quit. And the town is better off because of that resilience. I’ve learned a lot from that.
What’s something people may be surprised to know about you?
I think most folks are surprised by my stubborn streak. My brother and I were raised to be polite, respectful, but never walked on. So when folks told me the city would never let a 24-year-old win a council seat, I went for it. Folks tell me every day of the week that this area and this country can’t be changed, but you know what? Nelsonville was supposed to die with the bypass and the town refused. As a single parent, my mom was supposed to succumb to the statistics of poverty and she refused. In other words, when someone tries to convince me or my town to take a backseat or learn its place. Well, I say respectfully and politely: “Good luck with that!”