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GOP leader inspired by father's service

Robert Houk • Dec 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Anita Hodges Taylor says she inherited her love of politics and for community service from her late father, a World War II veteran.

Taylor was elected to a four-year term as a state Republican Executive Committeewoman in 2018, representing Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties. 

She also serves as vice president of the East Tennessee Republican Club, and is a co-founder of CLW Delivery Co., which has been in operation since 1977.

Fast Facts

Dog or cat: Dog

Favorite dessert: Blue Bell pumpkin spice ice cream

Ideal getaway: Myrtle Beach

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS?

I travel, at my own expense, to Nashville four plus times a year, to meet with our Republican Party chairman and other elected executive committee members from across the state. I meet with our local Carter, Unicoi and Washington County Republican parties to keep them informed of any changes in the party or upcoming events and elections.

I also encourage others to get involved in the political process, support Republican candidates and to always vote.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY?

My favorite part of the day is the morning between 9 a.m. and noon.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?

I like to unwind with a cup of coffee and a good book, or a good movie at home.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?

Mary C. Crowley, founder and owner of Home Interiors & Gifts, had a profound and lasting influence on my life as a young entrepreneur. I joined in 1974, became a regional branch director, where I served the company and my customers for 38 years.

WHAT LED YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS?

Love of country and my dad, Jackie Hodges, who was a World War II veteran, is what led me to get involved in politics. Working as a volunteer with East Tennessee Honor Flight also influenced my decision.

My dad always wanted me to run for some position in local politics, and after he passed at the age of 90 on Dec. 1, 2017, during the Christmas holidays, I made the decision to run for an office that was being vacated by an honorable lady, Sara Sellers, due to her health. So I ran in honor of my dad.

He served, so I wanted to serve in whatever capacity that opened the door for me and “give back” for love of country and family.

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