WHY AM I RUNNING
"I love Georgia and I want to make America a better place for ALL of us."
Tamara Johnson Shealey
WHO AM I
I am 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 28 years and have worked in the beauty industry for over 26 years. In my years in the beauty industry, I provided services and owned a salon. I am the founder of two beauty and barber industry professional organizations.
My journey into politics began in 2011, when as a business owner, I became concerned about the federal tax policies being imposed on my business and the lack of health and safety standards in my industry. I, therefore, 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 of Georgia. That was when GOD placed in my spirit the desire to run for office. I ran for the Georgia State Senate, District 40 in 2014, 2016 and 2018. With each race, I came closer and closer to a victory until I experienced my biggest lesson in Georgia politics, that racism in Georgia is still the root of our divide.
In 2018, determined not to give up and to continue to prepare myself to serve, I returned to school to pursue a higher degree and in 2020 earned a Juris Master Degree from Emory University School of Law. I also completed a 6-month Internship in the Public Health Law Program at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while obtaining my Juris Master's Degree.
In 2020, I felt the calling from GOD to run for office again. I ran in the Special Election for the United States Senate to fulfill the term of Johnny Isakson, held by Kelly Loeffler. I placed 6th in a field of 21 candidates, garnering 106,767 votes.
I am committed to fighting for the needs of all Georgians in Washington and that's why I am on your ballot again in 2022. I AM READY TO SERVE!...
To learn more: www.TamaraShealey.com