Denton native running for District 36 delegate seat
— The Democrat Club of Caroline County hosted its annual breakfast in Denton Saturday, March 3, and the event featured appearances by candidates for the upcoming General Election.
One of the candidates was North Caroline High and Salisbur y University graduate Keirien Taylor of Denton, who filed as a Democrat to run for state delegate in Maryland’s District 36, which consists of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties.
“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for District 36’s state delegate,” he said in a February press release. “In my candidacy, as state delegate, I’ll be an advocate for our great Eastern Shore. Local government exists first and foremost to provide quality education and efficient transportation, and to ensure public safety.
“I’ll guarantee that we organize and put resources into these basic administrations,” he said. “Great schools and safe neighborhoods
are fundamental to our future. Together, we will make sure our funding priorities reflect these public priorities.”
Taylor, 22, is a current graduate student at Salisbury University studying conflict analysis and dispute resolution. He received his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University in political science and his associate degree from Chesapeake College in liberal arts. As a progressive Democrat, Taylor is inspired and determined to improve Maryland’s District 36.
During the club’s breakfast, Taylor got a chance to talk about his campaign.
“My age does not blind me to the struggles I see in the community,” he said. “I know many people in the community that are struggling in the community.”
Taylor said his platform involves the community outreach with the opioid crisis, the environment and affordable housing.
“We need better health care programs to deal with this,” he said. “Programs that support the family members. Programs that help aid those that are addicted.”
“My biggest platform issue is affordable housing,” he said. “Many in our community can’t afford to pay the rent. It has to do with the wage gap we see in our state.
“Some people are paying $850 a month for a one bedroom apartment,” he said. “The rates are ridiculous. Rent subsidy programs in Maryland will expire, leaving 35 percent of those who live in subsidized apartments; their homes will be subjected to market-value rates.”
He said the state needs more inclusive rent subsidy programs. He said he will fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage.
Taylor said he wants to have more unionized labor. He supports community college teachers being a part of a union, which would allow them to see better benefits and wages.