If you don’t know who Brian Sharif Taylor is, then look to any part of Upper Darby that needs a little love. Brian is an active member in the Upper Darby Community. From clean-ups to outreaches, Brian can always be found improving the community he loves. His activity within the community is proof that he is all action, not just talk. For over 15 years Brian has been a resident of Upper Darby’s 164th District--possibly one of the most diverse districts you will find in Upper Darby Township.
Brian’s life of service began with his enlistment in the United States Army at the age of 24. For the next 14 years, his life was dedicated to fighting to preserve the rights reserved for all Americans. His unit was present when those very rights were threatened in the attacks on 9/11, and he continued to fight those threats while stationed in Iraq. Before his retirement with an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 2014, Brian was the recipient of several awards and medals (listed in Brian’s letter to the community). After leaving the Army, Brian moved back to Upper Darby and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.
After coming home, Brian did not forget about his brothers and sisters still in serving in the military. It was of great importance to him to create something that would assist local veterans in an area that is too often ignored--access to proper health care. Brian created TaylorMade Vets, a 501(c) non-profit organization. Through TaylorMade Vets, veterans of Delaware County can find many resources, “Our goal within the Delaware County area is to create an intermediary with veterans and the Veterans Administration which includes, but is not limited to, medical benefits, VA healthcare services, VA HUD VASH, VA hospice care and all other federal and state programs through which eligible veterans can acquire assistance for their time of service.” (https://taylormadevets.org/about-us)
Once returning home, Brian saw a need in his community. The 164th District is comprised of parts of Upper Darby, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Yeadon and East Lansdowne, areas which have, unfortunately, been neglected over the years. Many of the people living in these neighborhoods are true blue collar, hardworking Americans who were born and raised here. Others are immigrants, working hard for the American Dream. Both make up the diverse culture that has come to form the culture and history of the 164th District. The community’s love for their neighborhood is what has inspired Brian to get involved in so many local projects.
No need is too big or too small for Brian to tackle. He has been spotted cleaning public areas which have been neglected for far too long, attending outreaches at 69th Street to help the homeless, or hearing out local residents’ concerns and addressing them at Township Council meetings. This is what the 164th District needs--a representative who hears the people and will then speak for the people. Someone to take the needs of his community, the community in which he lives and works, and go to Harrisburg and fight for them!
Brian is not a politician. He will not go to Harrisburg to fight for a political party; he will go to fight for all of the citizens of the 164th District!
A vote for Brian Sharif Taylor to represent the 164th District in Upper Darby Township is a vote for real change!