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Former Beaufort mayor David Taub eyes council seat

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Former Beaufort mayor David Taub wants to return to City Hall.

Taub filed Tuesday to run for one of two available City Council seats in the Nov. 8 election. He joins incumbent Mike McFee and downtown merchant Nan Sutton in the race.

Taub, 73, retired in 2015 after five years as Beaufort County magistrate judge. He has remained a part of the public discussion since he was last in city office, including speaking out against development of the Beaufort Downtown Marina parking lot in 2014.

“A number of people called me and said ‘This is awful, and you need to help us,’” Taub said Wednesday of his involvement in a citizen group opposing the development. “...Fortunately we were successful in stopping that very awful proposal.”

Taub said the experience drove support to run again for public office.

Among his city priorities are monitoring the creation of a new code to ensure older neighborhoods are protected, keeping an eye on city spending and reforming development processes, he said. Taub is opposed to a city effort to partner with Beaufort County and land preservationists to buy and demolish a stretch of businesses on Boundary Street to create a passive park.

Currently, Taub is one of three candidates for two seats.

McFee, a Beaufort realtor, is seeking a third term. He chairs a city committee seeking to develop vacant areas downtown.

Sutton has owned Lulu Burgess on Bay Street since 2000 and served on panel last year studying parking in downtown.

Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling remains the only candidate to file for mayor. The filing deadline is Aug. 15.

Taub was mayor from 1990 to 1999. Before that, he served a term on City Council.

More recently, he served as chairman of Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority and was appointed Beaufort County magistrate judge in 2010.

While mayor, Taub was president of Labs of Virginia, a monkey breeding and dealing facility in Yemassee. He has graduate degrees from UCLA and University of California-Davis in anthropology biological anthropology and specialized in primate breeding and behavior, according to biographical information Taub provided.

His scientific background fostered analytical skills that would be an asset to council, Taub said.

“I am the nuts and bolts guy — good common sense,” Taub said. “I think those are the kind of talents and skill sets council needs.”

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen