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Kerith Strano Taylor

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Kerith Strano Taylor
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sThe Pennsylvania State University, 1996
J.D.George Mason University, 2001
Campaign website
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Kerith Strano Taylor was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] She won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[2] Kerith Strano Taylor lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Taylor earned her B.A. in political science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996. She then worked in government affairs in Washington D.C. for two years before receiving her law degree from George Mason University in 2001. She has worked for her own law firm since 2001. Taylor has served on the Brookville Area School Board since 2011 and as its president since 2013.[3]


Campaign themes


Taylor's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Get People Back to Work
Excerpt: "It’s time to get people back to work. Everyday men and women work hard to make ends meet, but still struggle to put food on the table. For too long, moneyed interests have dominated the Congressional agenda, causing millions of dollars of waste, crippling economic growth, and missing valuable opportunities."
  • Address the Root of Our Problems
Excerpt: "It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road. All too often Congress looks for a quick fix, instead of addressing the root of our problems."
  • Simplify the Tax Code
Excerpt: "It’s time to fix our 73,954 page tax code. Congress has talked about updating the tax code for years, yet little has been done to make it work for everyday Americans. The tax code favors the needs of big businesses and special interests. Our small business owners and middle class families – the backbone of our economy – stand to gain the most by updating the antiquated system."
  • Strengthen our Public Education System
Excerpt: "It’s time to reinvest in public education. Public education is the pathway out of poverty. Beyond educating our students, public schools are the pulse of our communities."
  • Only 18% of the Seats in Congress are Held by Women
Excerpt: "Yet, Women make up 47% of the total workforce and 50.8% of the population. Something is wrong with the equation. We are allowing men to make decisions that deeply affect our lives, our health and our futures. Having women at the table ensures more robust debate on the issues and a deeper evaluation of our options."
  • Get Congress Back to Work
Excerpt: "It is time to prioritize our Nation, not our political parties. We need to get Congress back to work."



See also: Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Taylor ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 5th District. Taylor won the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. She defeated Thomas Edward Tarantella.[2] Kerith Strano Taylor lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson Incumbent 63.6% 115,018
     Democratic Kerith Strano Taylor 36.4% 65,839
Total Votes 180,857
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State
Democratic primary
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerith Strano Taylor 54.5% 18,018
Thomas Edward Tarantella 45.5% 15,032
Total Votes 33,050
Source: Results via Associated Press

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Taylor's reports.[5]

Kerith Strano Taylor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 14, 2014$0.00$24,009.19$(12,104.62)$11,904.57
Running totals


Taylor is divorced and has two children.[3]

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