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TAYLOR FILES PAPERS FOR MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE BID
Democratic Challenger Offers 'A Higher Degree of Leadership and a New Direction'
(MILWAUKEE) — State Senator Lena Taylor today filed the paperwork required to run for Milwaukee County Executive in next spring’s critical elections, vowing to "restore balance, integrity, and fiscal accountability for the Milwaukee residents who depend on public service — and the taxpayers who foot the bill."
"It’s time for a higher degree of leadership and a new direction," Senator Taylor said. "I will work to get our fair share of funding from Madison to improve our parks, make our transportation system more effective, and ease the burden on local taxpayers."
Saying she is gratified by the overwhelming encouragement to run and expressions of support received from across the community, Senator Taylor said she will put her experience to work for county taxpayers. She served in the State Assembly and has represented the 4th Senate District since 2004. She is an influential member of the Finance Committee.
"As a member of the state’s budget-writing committee, I know our challenge is to prove that we are good stewards of public resources," Senator Taylor said. "We need strict fiscal accountability to protect taxpayers’ rights and the vital public services they pay for."
Senator Taylor said people have lost trust in her opponent over the past four years and that a recent survey found two-thirds of local residents think Milwaukee County government is on the wrong track.
"The incumbent said he would clean up the pension scandal and set the highest ethical standards," Senator Taylor said. "But he betrayed those promises. We can do a lot better."
Born in Milwaukee, Senator Taylor graduated from Rufus King High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990 and her law degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993. She worked in the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, and currently runs her own private practice.
Senator Taylor is a member of the Milwaukee Boy Scouts advisory board, the Girl Scouts of Milwaukee Area, the NAACP and Urban League of Milwaukee, and the Unity Caucus. She plans to make her formal announcement in the coming weeks.
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