A photo of Farmington city council member Maria Taylor landed on the cover of this week’s TIME magazine, illustrating an article on the increasing involvement of women in politics.
The top vote-getter in last November’s race said she received an email a week or two ago from the magazine’s photo department asking for a headshot. Having worked for Michigan History magazine, she knew the request “for possible inclusion” meant that her photo, taken by Farmington Observer photographer Bill Bresler, might not appear.
Then late last week, she noticed that a Facebook friend had “liked” a photo of the TIME cover, released in advance of the magazine’s print distribution.
“I looked through it, and there I was right on the front cover,” Taylor said. “It is so surreal.”
As word spread, Taylor said calls and messages from friends and family blew up her cell phone. People she met during her campaign spotted her at a local eatery and stopped to congratulate her.
The featured article, “A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office,” profiles women across the U.S. who are part of an “unprecedented surge” of first-time female candidates, mostly Democrats, who are running for offices that range from local city councils and school boards to U.S. Congress:
“At least 79 women are exploring runs for governor in 2018, potentially doubling a record for female candidates set in 1994, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The number of Democratic women likely challenging incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives is up nearly 350% from 41 women in 2016.”
Taylor fits the profile. In her first run for office last fall, she topped a field of five to capture a four-year council term. She was the only woman on the ballot and, at age 26, the youngest candidate.
Taylor believes she may be the youngest woman pictured on the TIME cover. While the notoriety has been fun, she has a greater wish for her photo.
“I hope some other young person will see that, and it will inspire them to step up for their community,” she said.