I am a modest daughter of a US Marine and Italian immigrant.
My father, Deane Taylor, was a staff sergeant in the US Marines. He voluntarily enlisted after graduating in 1958 and served in the Vietnam war. He met my mother, Maria (Sardoni) in Genova, Italy. After a two-year courtship, they married in 1963 and she immigrated to the USA legally. In time she studied and became a naturalized citizen. I was born in Orange, CA in 1965. We moved around extensively every two years. At age 5 I moved permanently to Massachusetts where my parents purchased a home in Rockland. I was a girl scout for 12 years and achieved the First Class Award which, back at the time, was the highest award for a girl scout. I was always active in town politics. My mother co-founded the Rockland League of Women Voters. From an early age, I attended Selectmen's meetings and the older politicians loved mentoring me. In high school, I was present at the meetings to broadcast them over the high school radio station, WRPS. These were the days before cable TV. When the Rockland Zoning Board of Appeals needed a secretary to record the minutes I was working in that capacity once per month for about two years.
I attended schools in Massachusetts – I'm homegrown.
As a student at Rockland High School, I participated and won various awards at speech competitions and was in the Honor Society. I graduated 21st in the class of 155 students in 1983. I was Editor in Chief of the school newspaper, Veritas. I volunteered and tutored English to a young man, Jose Rodriguez, who arrived as a Cuban refugee together with the late Donia Walker, a peer and also first class girl scout. I was awarded the Century III leadership award and was an ambassador for the school at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Boston during my Sophomore year.
After high school, I attended and graduated in 1987 from Wheaton College. I always knew I would study Political Science. I thought I might attend law school or enter government service or foreign service. All the career aptitude tests indicated I would be a good judge. I do like to investigate and make decisions based on the data I collect and eventually that put me into a career in the field of Insurance.
However, I was focused for a long time on becoming a lawyer. So much so, that at age 15 I worked for free for a lawyer named Theresa Buffum III in Rockland. She was a real estate attorney and I couldn't completely understand what we were doing but I loved it. Eventually, my mother worked as a bookkeeper at a law firm in Randoph and I was able to work there during summer breaks as a closing paralegal. In time I became a title examiner. During the summer of my Freshman year at Wheaton College, I worked as a legislative intern at the State House on Beacon Hill. In the course of my freshman year, I decided to enroll in the Democratic Party. My role model was state legislator William Flynn for whom I would later become the intern and the late Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Rep. Flynn was the Chairman of Election Laws Committee located in the basement of the state house of representatives. Serving on the committee as an intern was inspiring as a developing woman and ingrained the importance of ethics in politics. It was the time of the big race between Tom McGee and George Kevorian for house speaker. It was an exciting time to be on the ethics committee when the statehouse was divided.
During college, my parents moved to Abington in 1985 and I met John Walsh. I was active in the local chapter of the Jaycees and volunteering in the community. I was still a registered Democrat. He was/is the owner of Independence Insurance Agency and at the time Selectman in the town of Abington. He became my next mentor. He later became the Democratic Party Chair. He encouraged me to become active in local politics and recommended to apply for a position on the Abington Historical Commission where I later became Chairman. Eventually, when I married and moved away I had to resign. I then raised a family and my political aspirations were tabled. I switched party affiliation to Republican for a time and then to Libertarian. For a number of years, I was unenrolled. Recently I changed my party affiliation to Republican again but I am strongly in congruence with the Libertarian platform. For a brief time when I lived in Colrain during 2003-2005, I was an appointed member of the Board of Health. After the divorce, I tried a few times to move back to Colrain, but finding work was difficult and I returned back to eastern Massachusetts.
As a struggling single mother, I applied for and was accepted to receive reduced lunch program for my sons until I found full-time employment after a year and no longer needed assistance. I was denied food stamps because I owned a house in Colrain and that was considered an asset that precluded me from any assistance. A house that I could not afford to live in but it was an asset so I could not collect food stamps.
I have a background of poverty, affluence, poverty and middle class. I can relate to single struggling mothers. I know their concerns and daily share the phobia of becoming homeless without a support network. It took a lot of sacrifices to raise three sons on my own and they have experienced every moment without any buffering. There is so much more to the hardships but I am a survivor. I raised my sons to be as well.
I am resourceful.
In college, a member of the Russian Club absconded with the club money and they were left penniless. I was voted in as club President for my senior year. We were denied any funding for the school year because of the misappropriation of funds. I used my personal funds as seed money to raise money for the club. We sold tshirts around campus with the logo "MUP PEACE" and sent a copy to Gorbachev. Then as another fundraiser, we hired a bus from Carey Bus Company to make a round trip to NYC in November for students to pay and visit the city for shopping or whatever. We charged $30 round trip. The bus driver was my boyfriend and he drove for free. We raised a lot of money and were able to invite speakers on campus and sponsored events. In the end, the club was eligible to be reinstated to be eligible for funding the following year (after I graduated). So I can be innovative and resourceful. I can correct and clean up errors of others and carry on creating a legacy.
I am dedicated.
Another legacy I created in college was the newspaper route. When I was a freshman Jay Goodman was our professor for Government 101. He required every student to subscribe to the NY Times daily. Someone had to deliver those papers. This girl had the paper route for three years and she also offered the Boston Globe. Her route was "maybe" 50 subscriptions and 75 for Sunday. Within a year I had increased the subscriptions to over 200 daily and 250 for Sunday. My slogan was that every student was guaranteed a newspaper at the dorm by 8 am so they could read it over breakfast. My performance was my selling point. I would arise at 4 am every day of the week, 7 days for the following three years in order to fulfill my promise. I can follow through on promises. Sunday mornings were the worst given the bulk of the Boston Globe edition and one year my family had to wait for me in the parking lot on an Easter Morning to join them while I finished a particularly difficult route. I gained respect for my dedication. Everyone knew of me and there are pictures of me with my shopping carriage full of newspapers (usually I had to return four times to refill my carriage for a single route) in the yearbook. Many times the fire alarm drill would send students out of the dorms into the yard and I'd see them all while I was delivering the papers for them. I was happy to serve and satisfied by my hard work.
I have goals.
It is my civic duty and obligation as a citizen to serve in the best capacity for the community. I am a patriotic American who does not seek to become a career politician. When I hear someone say "I will not work with that President" what I actually hear is "I will not work" and that to me is cause to be replaced.
In a business that is a prelude to resigning a position. Politicians that obstruct are not honoring the voter's productive mandate. Opposition means we don't agree on everything, but loyalty to our country requires finding common interests to work together rather than obstruct progress. Otherwise, obstructionists are self-entitled narcissists begging to be put in their place.
The strongest message we can send to Washington is the same message we have heard from our employers time and again in times of economic depression: you can be replaced. No one is irreplaceable. My focus is to campaign for term limits. No congressman should serve for more than 12 years. In business, if we cannot be productive in less time we do not have the luxury of staying employed. The argument of seniority and political leverage is just an excuse for political homesteading. Career politicians are exposing our system to cronyism and political crony capitalism where votes are for sale. It is contrary to the concept of political checks and balances.
I am frugal.
With a strong middle-class background and through hardships I have learned to work with less. While others are focused on campaign fundraising to pay for advertising, I am focusing on using my time wisely at the grassroots. I will spend my time knocking on doors, calling people and asking for votes in person rather than relying on media and advertising. I will not participate in cold calling voters, which is irritating to most people but considered an expected expense. I will use money wisely for lawn signs, bumper stickers, website and design, and accountants to ensure that all campaign rules and regulations are followed to the letter of the law. Funds that are raised will be used responsibly and purposefully but minimally. My estimated campaign budget is $2 Million. I hope you will be able to help me by sending your financial support but, more importantly, if you are registered to vote in Massachusetts I hope you will consider supporting me with your vote.
The vote is what truly matters and I ask for yours.