“Damita and I love North Nashville and we hope to raise our family here.”
Hi, I’m Brandon Taylor, and I’ve been lucky enough to be your Councilman for the past four years. I’m a Nashville native, born at Baptist just a few miles from where my wife and I live in District 21. I learned to care about the community from seeing my uncles serve Nashville for decades.
My uncle William “Boots” Hassell was a Metro Parks facility coordinator at the South Inglewood Community Center. He worked for many years to serve the youth and families of East Nashville. My great uncle Rev. Thomas E. Sweeney served as the pastor of First Baptist South Inglewood for more than 30 years. Witnessing the work of my uncles has shaped the neighbor, husband, and father I hope to be.
I went to high school in Lewisburg, TN. My family moved to that small town south of Nashville when I was young. After high school, I attended the University of Memphis and pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Going to Memphis was one of the best decisions I ever made because I met my lovely wife, Damita Beck-Taylor.
Damita and I love North Nashville and we hope to raise our family here. I have recently become a father, and my mind is occupied with many thoughts as the sun rises on this new season of my life. Most are notions of roots and responsibility.
It is not lost on me that the choice to lead and the choice to be a father are similar in many ways. Both require an investment of heart, mind, and time – yet both are undertaken selflessly. I am humbled by this new role, just as I have been humbled to be your representative in District 21 the last four years. It will be my honor to continue to serve the community we all love.
Professionally, I’ve worked to serve underrepresented communities through fundraising for The Boys Scouts of America, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Meharry Medical College, and the Nashville Rescue Mission. I’m also a member of the board of directors for Nashville Emerging Leaders and Friends of Hubbard House–the home of the first president of Meharry Medical College, Dr. George Hubbard.
Our District continues to change. But we will continue to pursue solutions that benefit everyone–youth, families, working adults, and senior citizens. I hope you’ll explore our site and learn about our successes and plans, and we’ll see you at the polls!