|Former candidate for|
|Battle Ground School District, District 3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Poudre High School|
Taylor received his high school diploma from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. He started his career as a sports reporter for Deseret News in Utah before starting a career in collections. Taylor is currently the Vice President of Client Service at RevQ in Vancouver, Washington. He volunteered as Communications Director and President of the BGHS Athletic Club for nine years. Taylor and his wife have three children who have attended Battle Ground schools..
Taylor sought election to the board against Jim Pegoraro on November 5, 2013.
|Battle Ground School Board, Four-year term, District 3, 2013|
|Source: Clark County Auditor's Office, "November 5, 2013 General Election," November 26, 2013|
Taylor reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Taylor's campaign website described the candidate's reasons for running:
"As a BG citizen, parent, grandparent, volunteer and businessman; I am committed to making the best possible decisions for BGSD’s children in regards to their education and safety. I understand there’s a need to be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. I Know listening is the most important part of communication. I believe in common sense, fiscal responsibility, and I believe in Students."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Monty Anderson ran for re-election in District 1. Districts 3 and 5 have new board members as current members John Idsinga and Steve Pagel did not file for re-election. In District 3, newcomers Taylor and Jim Pegoraro sought election to the board. Anderson and District 5 candidate Stephanie McClintock did not face opposition on the general election ballot.
Battle Ground School Board members will deal with ongoing concerns about funding as well as a state audit of the board's buyout of former Superintendent Shonny Bria in June 2013. District voters narrowly passed a four-year tax levy to fund instructional programs and maintenance after threats of dissolving the district. The Washington State Auditor's Office is currently conducting an investigation into a secret buyout of Bria that was only disclosed after she left office.
About the district
Battle Ground outperforms the rest of Washington based on median income and poverty levels while lagging behind the state average for higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Battle Ground was $59,723 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.6%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Taylor for BGSD School Board Director, "Resume," accessed August 1, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- Taylor for BGSD School Board Director, "About Me," accessed August 1, 2013
- OregonLive, "Battle Ground school district could be shut down if future levies fail," March 24, 2013
- The Reflector, " Battle Ground School District levy passes," April 23, 2013
- The Columbian, "Battle Ground school district may have violated state law," July 11, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Battle Ground," accessed July 31, 2013
- Clark County Auditor's Office, "Election Results," accessed July 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014