Joseph Taylor Bids for Berrien County Commissioner’s Seat | Elections
BENTON TOWNSHIP – A longtime member of the Benton Harbor Area School Board has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Berrien County Board of Commissioners.
Joseph Taylor will run in the Third District, which encompasses the townships of Benton, Sodus and Hagar. Don Meeks is currently the Third District Commissioner, but Taylor said Meeks will retire this year.
“I know how to lead. I know how to follow, but most importantly, I have experience and the experience is unbeatable,” Taylor said.
Taylor served for 10 years on the BHAS Board of Directors, at times serving as Chairman. Additionally, he volunteers with the BHAS robotics team, was part of the Rotary Sunrise Club of Benton Harbor, and recently gained approval to start a 4-H coding course for Benton Harbor youth and of Benton Township.
Taylor said he decided to run last fall, wanting to build on what he called the good job Meeks had done in the seat. He said he was passionate about making the county the best place in Michigan to work and live.
“How do we move our country forward with the great values we already have?” Taylor said.
Financial and environmental issues drive his campaign, he said. He wants to make housing more affordable and create more opportunities for business owners.
Taylor highlighted the work he did to save BHAS and how it required him to work with state officials.
A master technician at KitchenAid, teaching young people technical and professional skills is important to him. Taylor said it would be helpful if the county funded the construction of a countywide student technology center so that all districts have access to job training.
“We could engage robotics, we could engage welding, automotive…all kinds of programming,” Taylor said.
Taylor announced his candidacy at a Benton Township board meeting earlier this month.