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Sylvester Taylor, II
Sylvester Taylor.jpg
Candidate for
Missouri House of Representatives, District 67
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives, District 80
2011 - 2013
BirthdayApril 19, 1966
Campaign website
Sylvester Taylor, II (b. April 19, 1966) was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 67 of the Missouri House of Representatives.[1]

Taylor previously served in the House, representing District 80 from 2011 to 2013.


Taylor attended Texas A&M University. Taylor's professional experience includes working as an electrician at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Taylor served on these committees:



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Alan Green defeated Sylvester Taylor, II, Larry Davis, Jr. and Tony Weaver in the Democratic primary. Dwayne Strickland was unopposed in the Republican primary. Jeff Coleman was unopposed in the Libertarian primary. Green defeated Strickland and Coleman in the general election.[2][3]

In a special election held concurrently with the primary, Green defeated Weaver (who ran as an independent), Strickland and Coleman to serve the remainder of the term vacated by Steve Webb (D).[4]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 67 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Green 46.5% 3,031
Sylvester Taylor II 28.1% 1,830
Tony Weaver 17.5% 1,141
Larry Davis, Jr. 7.9% 512
Total Votes 6,514
Missouri House of Representatives, District 67, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Green 67.7% 4,989
     Independent Tony Weaver 15.3% 1,130
     Republican Dwayne Strickland 15% 1,109
     Libertarian Jeff Coleman 2% 144
Total Votes 7,372


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Taylor ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 75. Taylor was defeated by incumbent Rochelle Walton Gray in the August 7 primary election.[5]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 75 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRochelle Walton Gray Incumbent 60.2% 3,113
Sylvester Taylor, II Incumbent 39.8% 2,059
Total Votes 5,172

Ballot access issues

On June 14, 2012, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that Taylor should not appear on the August 7 primary election ballot because he did not reside in the newly drawn House district in which he is seeking election. However, according to reports instead of taking action the court simply outlined its reasoning and transferred the case immediately to the Missouri Supreme Court.[6]

On June 19, the Supreme Court ruled Taylor could remain on the ballot since it was a redistricting year. According to the decision, "Had the drafters of the constitution wished to limit eligibility to candidates residing only in those parts of an old district that were absorbed into the new one, they could have crafted narrowing language to that effect. They did not."[7]


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Taylor won election to the Missouri House of Representatives. Taylor's opponents in the August 3 primary were Teona McGhaw-Boure and Gloria Hardrict-Ewing.

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Taylor was up for re-election, he collected $42,220 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers $2,500
Friends for Tim Green $2,500
Fire Service Alliance $2,000
BNSF Railway $1,200


Taylor and his wife, Ernestine, have three children.

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Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 75
Succeeded by
Mike Colona (D)