Louis Taylor brings a fresh perspective
Louis Taylor wants to be a voice for underrepresented groups in the community. The businessman and father is running unopposed for position 1 of West Linn-Wilsonville School Board.
A West Linn resident for 17 years, Taylor married his college sweetheart 19 years ago and they have two daughters who attend schools in the district.
"The main inspiration for my even considering it was my two daughters. We are people of color in the community. I wanted to have a role in policy design when we're talking about diversity, equity and inclusion," Taylor said. "I wanted to be that voice for them and other kids that look like them, along with help(ing) educate, from the top down, what the needs are for that community."
Professionally, he owns three companies based out of West Linn and works in wealth management. He said finance is an area he'd like to focus on if elected.
Previously, Taylor has been involved with the community through volunteering and coaching youth soccer for over four years.
"I got to know a lot of people in the community through coaching and sitting on sidelines and just celebrating our children," he said.
Creating a plan to return to a five-day school week in a way that's safe for students and educators is one of Taylor's primary goals
He said his children are among those who have struggled with distance learning.
"It started off as OK, but as it got longer and longer I got to see the effects of what it's doing to not only my kids but other kids in the district too," he said.
Taylor also wants to address what he feels is s a lack of transparency and inclusivity when it comes to community input to the board.
"One of my initiatives is just to continue to build a culture of trust," he said. "If we make a decision that might be controversial, or might take away from something that was supposed to go toward a particular area, make sure that we just explain why. People want to know," Taylor said.
He also aspires to encourage diverse representation.
"To make policy and design curriculums for people of color or underserved communities and not have anybody who serves in that capacity on the school board means that you have a blind spot," he said.
He hopes to champion the creation of a permanent DEI oversight committee that will serve all students.
"Education is supposed to be a safe space for everyone," he said, emphasizing that he's talking about all students — not just people of color, but the LGBTQ community and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds as well.
"I'm super excited about the opportunity to represent West Linn families and students and just bring a fresh perspective that has never existed on our school board," Taylor said.
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