100 Women We Love: Kim Taylor
by Kat Long, Jacqueline Frances and Andrew Collins
June 14, 2013

As a highly sought-after campaign advisor with years of public, private and nonprofit sector experience, it’s no wonder recently retired public finance expert Kim Taylor now holds the distinction of being the first New Jersey resident and first African-American female named to the national Board of Directors of the Log Cabin Republicans. “When I first ran for public office, I found that most African-Americans were voting without knowing who the candidates were, and most were told they couldn’t split their vote between parties,” she says of why she got involved in politics. “I want everyone’s vote to be their own and I work hard, both within my party and across party lines, to enable voters to make their own choices with knowledge, conviction and determination.” In 2011, Governor Chris Christie appointed Taylor a commissioner at the Trenton Housing Authority, and she still serves as a Committee Member on the Mercer County Republican Committee. She served on Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and various congressional and local races, including her own competitive runs for New Jersey State Assembly in 2009 and 2013. For Taylor, the personal still beats the political:  she cites completing her bachelor’s degree alongside her father, with her partner Lisa looking on, as her proudest moment. –QW

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