WHY AM I RUNNING
"I can no longer watch the leadership in Georgia and the leadership in America drift farther and farther away from the best interest of everyday people."
Tamara Johnson Shealey
WHO AM I
I am a true Progressive fighting for Economic, Social and Environmental Justice, an agenda that is inclusive of ALL...
I am a Georgia native, born and raised in Chatham County with deep family roots in Effingham County, Georgia. Born to a teenage mother and no stranger to lack, I have always had a determined spirit. I have lived in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties for more than 26 years. I built a business as a nail salon owner for 10 years and worked as a Licensed Nail Technician for 18 years.
In 2011, as a business owner, I became concerned about the federal tax policies being imposed on my industry and the negative effects of deregulation on health and safety standards and I had to do something. I founded The Concerned Beauty and Barber Professionals and Politics Beauty and Barber and became an Advocate. In 2012, I advocated with the Professional Beauty Association and garnered a co-sponsor for HR 1957 to improve tax policies for my industry. In 2013, as Senior Advocate of Politics Beauty and Barber, I successfully advocated for the introduction of Georgia Senate Bill 64 to strengthen continuing education standards for licensed beauty professionals in Georgia. In 2014, as President of The Concerned Beauty and Barber Professionals, I was able to obtain a Federal Health and Safety Alliance with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).
In 2013, while advocating for the beauty and barber industry, I realized that change needed to happen at the state level before change could ever happen for my industry or for citizens in Georgia. Therefore, I ran for the Georgia State Senate, District 40 in 2014, 2016 and 2018. With each race I was closer to a victory until I experienced my biggest lesson in Georgia politics. (More details in the link below.)
In 2018, determined not to give up and to continue to prepare myself to serve, I returned to school to pursue a Juris Master's Degree at Emory University Law School and in 2019, was accepted as an Intern in the Public Health Law Program at the Center For Disease Control (CDC).
I have a heart to serve and I will fight for the needs of all Georgians in Washington. I am READY and I am PREPARED.... Learn more about me here