A lifelong resident of Wewahitchka, James Taunton is the son of Judge David and Abigail Taunton. Adopted at birth, Taunton was raised at the Taunton Family Children’s Home in Wewahitchka. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley Taunton (Kindergarten Teacher at WES), for 10 years and they have two children, Noah 8 and Lillie 4.
Taunton graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1999 and then attended Chipola Jr. College to obtain his A.A. in Business/Accounting. From there he went to the University of West Florida where he earned a B.S. in Engineering/Construction Technology.
After college, Taunton moved home and went to work with Taunton Truss as the Licensed Contractor and Purchasing Agent. During this time his responsibilities included the concept and design of multiple homes and subdivisions throughout Gulf, Bay, and Franklin counties. He was also responsible for scheduling, contracts, sub-contracts, and working closely with homeowners during the building process. For the last three years, Taunton has owned and operated James Taunton Construction as a State Certified Licensed General Contractor.
Taunton is a firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Along with his family, he is a member of the Community Church in Honeyville. Taunton has supported the local Upward Sports by coaching and refereeing soccer and basketball. Also, Taunton has supported and coached Dixie Youth Baseball in Wewahitchka.
Taunton commends the outstanding service that Mr. George Cox (retiring) has contributed to our school system over the years, not only through the Board and the classroom, but through his unending support of after schools programs and, put simply, “making things work”. With two children in our schools and a wife who is a teacher, Taunton believes that he has a unique understanding of the different aspects of making our schools the best they can be, not only for our children, but their mentors, which we call teachers.
“With my background in business/construction and determination never to give up, I believe that I am the best fit for Seat 2 on the Gulf County School Board. One of my goals is to strive towards an increase in the vocational programs that will better prepare students towards finding local work so they can remain in this beautiful area that they have grown to love. I will lead with honor and dignity for my constituents. I will work extremely hard to be the voice of our children and teachers and to give them both the support and tools they need,” Taunton said.
Please feel free to contact Taunton at any time at 348-3376.