Member Spotlight: Britton Taylor
Britton a PCP from HD45 and I’m also a proud member of the Comms Team.
Why and how did you become involved in the Multnomah County Democrats?
The 2016 election activated me politically in a way I could have never imagined. I felt helpless and defeated and decided that getting more involved could help to counterbalance some of these feelings. For the first time in my life I found myself organizing phone banks with co-workers for races in Texas and North Carolina. Joining the MultDems felt like a great next step to continue to stay involved.
Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level??
I believe it’s important for Dems to become involved at the local level because it’s a way for us to stay truly engaged with our communities and to be a part of building neighborhoods that are diverse, equitable, safe and prosperous. Local politics affect our everyday lives. It’s the easiest way to enact change, and it’s the best way to influence change at the state and national levels.
What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?
We have a lot of work to do when it comes to public safety, especially for people of color. I worked with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty to launch RETHINK PORTLAND (rethinkportland.com), which is a hub for Portlanders to get engaged and involved in the city’s effort to rethink community safety. I’ve also been working with Darren Golden on police accountability, and there are some important measures currently working their way up through the legislature. I think the pandemic has also rightfully focused a lot of attention on inequities and issues with education here in Portland, so the school board elections feel particularly important this year.
What is making you hopeful right now?
The work that SOLVE is doing with Detrash Portland is very inspiring to me. They cleaned up over 22,000 pounds of trash in one day last week all over Oregon. I love it when volunteers come together to improve their community.
What advice can you provide to our Democrats in Multnomah County?
We need to more diversity in our ranks. Young people, Black people, LGBTQ+, Latinx, AAPI–we’re all better when everyone has a voice and a seat at the table.