Meet the Candidates: Sylvia Taylor, House of Representatives District 57

Published 8:53 am Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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Sylvia Taylor

Date of Birth: 8/24/1949

Profession/ Current Employer/ Retired: Retired Judge/ Currently Private Practice Attorney- Taylor & McDowell Law, LLC

Why did you choose to run for State Representative?  I’ve spent my career fighting to build a better community for all of us. That’s why I’m running for State Representative to improve District 57 to become as strong as it can possibly be.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position? I am not just a candidate; I’m a dedicated advocate with a track record of standing up for my community and fighting for positive change. With a lifetime commitment to service, my career has been marked by my unwavering dedication to helping others. From my role as a judge to a community lawyer and my current endeavors in private practice, I have fought for our community for over 50 years. As the first, Black, female attorney in St. John the Baptist Parish, I have a proven track record of delving into and succeeding into uncharted territory with the focus being on the community.

What is the No. 1 challenge impacting our district, and how do you plan to address this? Education and Environmental Challenges. I recognize that education is the cornerstone of a thriving community and am committed to directing resources towards strengthening our district’s schools, teachers, and students and stamping out bureaucratic inefficiencies. I believe in fostering partnerships between trade schools, businesses, and educational institutions to provide comprehensive job preparation opportunities. While I recognize   that most companies operate responsibly, I am concerned about those who cut corners and compromise the well-being of the community. I believe in enforcing responsible business practices to prevent harmful chemicals from polluting our air and water to ensure that our community remains safe for all, particularly our children.
What would you like to accomplish in the next four years? My ultimate goal is to work to improve District 57. My priorities are education, healthcare access, transportation, and the environment. Over the next four years, I will work to see a robust healthcare system in District 57, work to see that the railway is completed, continue to fight for a safe environment with clean air, and put the education of our young people in District 57 first.