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Public defender will seek judge's seat
DARLINGTON - Guy Taylor, assistant state public defender for Green and Lafayette counties, has thrown his hat into the ring to run for judge of Lafayette County Circuit Court in the spring election.

Taylor, 57, began his career as an attorney in 1987 and has served as a public defender in Lafayette County cases since 1988. Taylor said he hopes to serve the people of Lafayette County and mete out justice in his first foray for an elected position. He said his experience with cases in Lafayette County will make him a good candidate, though he does not live in the area right now.

"I pledge to bring the same integrity that has already been upheld in the county, if the people will have me," Taylor said.

No one else has stepped forward to contend to take over the current judge's seat held by William Johnston. Johnston has served as judge in Lafayette County for 29 years.

Taylor has a wife and twin 14-year-old boys.

- Tom Holm