Den­ton na­tive run­ning for District 36 del­e­gate seat

Times-Record - - News - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— 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.

KEIRIEN TAY­LOR

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