Joy Tay­lor kicks off cam­paign for Ch­ester dis­trict jus­tice

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Colin Ainsworth Spe­cial to the Times

CH­ESTER >> City Di­rec­tor of Con­stituent Ser­vices Joy J. Tay­lor of­fi­cially an­nounced her bid for mag­is­te­rial dis­trict judge last week with a Thurs­day evening cam­paign launch at the Cul­tural Arts and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on West Fourth Street. Tay­lor will chal­lenge in­cum­bent Dawn L. Vann in the Demo­cratic pri­mary for Dis­trict Court 32-1-21, cov­er­ing Ch­ester wards 3 through 7.

“I have spent the last 15 years of my life serv­ing my com­mu­nity through faith­based com­mu­nity out­reach, youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram­ing, men­tor­ing and cur­rently in city govern­ment,” Tay­lor said at the event, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“Tay­lor’s di­verse back­ground makes her re­lat­able to all,” said cam­paign man­ager Nafis Ni­chols, the city’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, in a pre­pared state­ment. “She stands by in­tegrity and is fair. Her in­no­va­tive work, pas­sion and heart for the com­mu­nity is un­mea­sur­able.”

Tay­lor, 32, has served as di­rec­tor of Con­stituent Ser­vices since 2012, ap­pointed by for­mer Mayor John Lin­der and con­tin­u­ing to serve un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of cur­rent Mayor Thad­deus Kirk­land.

She first en­tered civic life serv­ing as a peer leader with the Crozer-Ch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Well­ness Cen­ter dur­ing high school, men­tor­ing city mid­dle school stu­dents on preg­nancy and sub­stance abuse pre­ven­tion and peer pres­sure. Fol­low­ing high school grad­u­a­tion and com­ple­tion of the peer men­tor pro­gram in 2004, Tay­lor was one of the first re­cip­i­ents of the Crozer-Ch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter Fel­low­ship Pro­gram, which al­lowed her to con­tinue to work with city youth.

“When I was in col­lege, I served as at­tor­ney gen­eral for the stu­dent ju­di­ciary,” Tay­lor said by phone. “We had cam­pus po­lice with ar­rest­ing pow­ers; stu­dents had to go be­fore the stu­dent ju­di­ciary. That opened my eyes to the crit­i­cal role judges play in shap­ing the com­mu­ni­ties and good cit­i­zenry.”

“When I grad­u­ated (col­lege) I re­mem­ber vividly telling my friends and now cam­paign man­ager that I was go­ing to run (for dis­trict jus­tice),” Tay­lor said. “I started re­search­ing (dis­trict jus­tice re­quire­ments), then life hap­pens – I got into grad school; I took an op­por­tu­nity for a po­si­tion with the city; I started a fam­ily. I’m fi­nally at a place where I can pur­sue that dream.”

Tay­lor hopes to ap­ply her back­ground in civic en­gage­ment to the bench us­ing me­di­a­tion and di­ver­sion­ary pro­grams where ap­pro­pri­ate for first-time of­fend­ers.

“I’m a firm be­liever that dis­trict court is where the op­por­tu­nity for civic en­gage­ment and pre­ven­tion be­gins,” and avail­able to me­di­ate minor of­fenses or con­flicts be­fore they progress fur­ther into the county and state court sys­tems, said Tay­lor.

Tay­lor is a grad­u­ate of Vil­lage Char­ter School. She holds a B.A. in com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies from El­iz­a­beth City State Univer­sity in North Carolina and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ur­ban stud­ies from Eastern Univer­sity. She is a mem­ber of the Tau Delta Omega chapter of Al­pha Kappa Al­pha Soror­ity Inc., and a mem­ber of Eter­nal Hope of Glory Church in Ch­ester Town­ship. She is the wife of Ch­ester Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ter­rance Tay­lor and the mother of two young sons.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Joy Tay­lor an­nounces her big for mag­is­te­rial dis­trict judge in Ch­ester as Mayor Thad­deus Kirk­land looks on.

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