Taryn C. Branson

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Taryn C. Branson

Running for:
Political Party Democrat
Campaign Website: https://www.electtarynbranson.com
P.O. Box 14571, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Candidate Bio:

Taryn C. Branson began her teaching career in 2009 in some of Louisiana’s more tragic middle schools. After being selected for the prestigious Louisiana Teaching Fellows and receiving a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and then her teaching certificate, Taryn began working as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher to underserved students in Louisiana. It was during her tenure as a teacher that Taryn observed firsthand the desperate need to redevelop Louisiana’s education system. 

During her first year of teaching, Taryn advocated for curriculum changes as she saw that the curriculum did not fit the needs of her students. Taryn understood that she needed to be an advocate for the students in her class. Through her advocacy and targeted, student-centered approach, Taryn successfully raised the reading score of 60% of the students in her classes during her first year of teaching. Taryn understood the importance of ensuring that students’ reading skills rose to grade level while simultaneously preparing scholars for the 21st century.

In 2014, Taryn graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law Center. Shortly after, she opened her law firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a solo-practitioner and a small business owner, Taryn experienced many of the highs and lows that come with small business ownership. Her experiences influenced her to help small business owners as well as the next generation of business leaders by advising on how best to jump start their businesses. Today, many small business owners can attribute their business success to Taryn’s unselfish desire and will to see their businesses develop and thrive.  

As a general practitioner of law, Taryn has devoted her legal career to advocating on behalf of Louisiana’s working class. From healthcare and education to infrastructure and economy, Taryn understands firsthand how bad policy, law, and leadership negatively impact the quality of life for many individuals, families, and communities here in Baton Rouge and commits to bringing effective solutions to the legislature.

Taryn is a member of Living Faith Christian Center and remains active in her community through her volunteer work with several organizations. She is a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State Bar Association, being selected a part of the Leadership LSBA Class for 2018–2019, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Finally, Taryn is a co–host of Perspective Radio Show which airs on station WTQT.


Ranked Statements

The gasoline tax should be increased to address the backlog of unaddressed infrastructure needs.
Louisiana should raise the minimum wage and enforce pay equity.
Strongly Agree
Access to healthcare through Medicare expansion should be maintained or expanded.
Strongly Agree
Tax exemptions under ITEP should be subject to approval by the local taxing authorities whose revenues are reduced when those exemptions are granted.
Strongly Agree
Legislative and state agency district lines should be drawn by an independent non-partisan entity to limit gerrymandering.
Louisiana should pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Strongly Agree
Louisiana should have a statewide nondiscrimination bill that protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Strongly Agree
Louisiana should add an "X" gender marker to drivers' licenses for nonbinary and intersex citizens to be able to access accurate and appropriate identity documents, as is current practice in Arkansas and 11 other states.


Short-answer Questions

How would you work to address issues of pre-K, K-12, and college funding?

We need to consider other means of revenue for the state including revenue already being generated and new revenue streams . We must also include a discussion of a constitutional convention to address issues of revenue in Louisiana.

Do you believe that the current tax system, which depends largely on sales tax that has a greater impact on lower-income families, is a fair tax system? What changes to the tax system, if any, would you support?

No. The heavy reliance on sales tax is not fair as it does pose a greater burden lower-income families. In considering how best to address issues of taxes and revenue, we must include a discussion of convening a constitutional convention.

What legislation would you support to deal with coastal restoration and climate change needs?

To address issues of coastal restoration, we must convene a study to determine the best course of action for needs specific to preserving the Louisiana coast, as well as research on best measures to address climate change.

What legislation would you support to address the economic and infrastructure needs of small towns?

Legislation that would support businesses locating or relocating to small towns and then building multi-use properties to support business booms would help to address the economic and infrastructure needs of small towns. Additionally, we must work to improve the ITEP process to ensure that businesses, families, and schools are prosperous as a result.

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