SIOUX CITY | Former state Rep. Jeremy Taylor is challenging Woodbury County Board Chairman George Boykin for the District 2 board seat in the November election.

Taylor, 35, a Republican from Sioux City, is an energy specialist for the Sioux City school district and an Iowa Army National Guard officer.

Boykin, 74, a Sioux City Democrat, was elected to the board in 1984, making him one of the longest-tenured board members in Iowa. He has been executive director at the Sanford Community Center for 45 years and previously was a member of the Sioux City school board.

District 4 Supervisor David Tripp, a Republican from Sioux City seeking a second term, will face one of two Sioux City Democrats, Alex Watters or John DiBerardino, in November. A June 3 primary vote will determine the nominee.

Taylor filed paperwork to run for Boykins' seat Tuesday and issued a statement saying he would work to improve the board's communication and cooperation with other public and private-sector entities, including the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. He said he would take steps to strengthen relationships with municipal leaders in the county and focus on job growth and reducing the tax burden on working families.

"Taxpayers deserve someone who will work hard on their behalf with fresh ideas, good fiscal stewardship and a listening ear," Taylor said. "I believe we need to recommit ourselves to a renewed sense of customer service and an efficient budget that puts families first."

Taylor, a former North High School English teacher, was elected to the Iowa House in 2010 but lost his 2012 re-election bid to Democrat Chris Hall, of Sioux City, also a first-term incumbent. Redistricting based on the 2010 Census resulted in the merger of their districts, making it one of the few 2012 races in the state featuring two incumbents.

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