Taylor lone applicant for Orphans' Court judge

April 13, 2010
Brent Taylor,

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Williamsport-area resident Brent Taylor filed last week to run for Washington County Orphans' Court judge in this year's upcoming election.

Taylor, 46, is a dietary manager at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, where he has worked for 24 years. Before that, he worked at the Washington County Detention Center.

The orphans' court settles disputes over estates and wills, sets attorney's fees in estate matters and has jurisdiction over guardianship of minors.

"I think when you're dealing with wills, you can help family members move on," Taylor said. "A lot of people don't understand the laws."

Taylor, a Democrat, said this is his first time running for public office.

He said his qualifications include his experience managing people and his involvement in the community.

Taylor attends Zion Lutheran Church in Williamsport, is a member of the Lions Club of Williamsport and coaches girls softball. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 21 years and has two children, Spencer, 17, and Emily, 13.


Taylor said that if elected he would continue working at MCI-H while in office and had cleared his decision to run for office with his supervisors.

Taylor was the only candidate to file to run for orphans' court judge as of Thursday afternoon. The filing deadline is July 6.

Orphans' court judges meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., are elected to four-year terms and are paid $7,000 a year.

-- Heather Keels

Just the facts

Name: Brent Taylor

Date of birth: June 23, 1964

Address: 10701 Bratton Court, Williamsport, Md.

Education: Bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Kaplan College in 2003

Occupation: Correctional dietary manager for Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown

Party affiliation: Democrat

Political experience: none

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