QUINNESEC - Carol Taylor has announced her candidacy for the office of Breitung Township Treasurer.
A lifelong resident of Breitung Township, Taylor graduated from Kingsford High School. She also received an Associate's degree in Accounting from Bay de Noc Community College in 1995 graduating with honors. Always wanting to learn something new and stay up to date, she has completed additional classes from Bay College.
Currently, Taylor works at U.P. Cleaning & Restoration as their office manager.
Past employment includes 20 years at the local ShopKo store, working in several areas, including the office and a supervisory role in the layaway department.
Her love of working with numbers led Taylor to complete the H&R Block tax preparer's class which resulted in her employment during tax season.
Looking for a change to a financial setting, she accepted a position at the State Bank of Florence, Wis.
She started out as a personal banker and quickly moved into the bookkeeping department.
Leaving the State Bank of Florence was a difficult decision; however, family was the deciding factor. Taylor had the ultimate opportunity of helping family members during a difficult time in their lives, and then the pleasure of staying home with her three youngest daughters, now ages 10, 13, and 15.
Taylor volunteered and worked under contract for the Dickinson County Department of Human Services for 8 years mentoring foster families, helping to get families through the licensing process, and organizing activities for foster children.
Together, with her husband Phil, they are raising the youngest three of their seven children.
They also have four grandchildren.
The Taylors were Michigan licensed foster parents for 16 years. Throughout these years, the Taylors' goal was to improve the lives of local families.
While the Taylors provided care for children who were removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect, it gave the children's parents the opportunity to do what was needed to improve their situation and reunite their families in a safe manner.
Though sometimes turbulent, the Taylors state it was very rewarding.
Taylor's personal interests include supporting her children's activities while spending time with them, quilting, gardening and camping. She also owns a home based Long-Arm Quilting business.
Taylor feels her education, past employment, and life experiences have prepared her for the challenges as Breitung Township Treasurer.
She said she is honest, dedicated, organized, and an all-around hard-working person.
With well over 30 years experience working with the general public, she said she continually strives to meet their needs.
"Our township office is due for a change. I am willing and able to put the time in and be there for our community," she said.