Virginia House of Delegates, District 33
Mavis is running for Delegate to be a voice for healthcare for all, fair wages for teachers, and infrastructure investments that will improve Virginia’s educational system and create an environment for successful business development. District 33 encompasses three counties – Loudon, Fredrick, and Clarke – ranging from dense suburban in parts of Leesburg to mostly rural communities in the western part of the district. Mavis is committed to listening to the concerns and priorities of people across District 33.
Mavis has personally knocked on doors and talked to thousands of people in District 33. She has heard stories of struggles to find decent paying jobs or inability to get health insurance. Parents are concerned about the quality of schools. Farmers are having trouble living off the land. Everyone is concerned about health care. People want modern infrastructure and also want to preserve the rural beauty of their communities. She is supportive of the expansion of Medicaid services to 400,000 additional Virginians, recently approved by the legislature. Because of her personal experience of losing a child to opioid addiction, she is also committed to expanding beds and mental health services for all Virginians.
Mavis had a highly successful career in the financial industry, capped by her founding and serving as co-CEO of Callidus Capital Management. After selling the firm to Blackstone Group, she, with her husband of over 50 years Dr. Zebulon Taintor, fulfilled a dream and purchased land outside of Waterford and started a horse farm. As a small business owner in Loudon County and having built businesses large and small, Mavis understands what is needed to attract industry and jobs to Virginia.
In addition to her business career, Mavis has taught as a Head Start teacher and at the university level. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a BA from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University. She is active in the community in Loudon County and serves on the Board of Directors of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic which provides residential services for people suffering from opioid and addiction problems.