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 Justice, Equitable Opportunity and Empowerment for those who are left out...
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.
As a business owner, I became concerned about the negative effects of deregulation on health and safety standards in my industry and in 2011, I did something about it. I founded The Concerned Beauty and Barber Professionals and Politics Beauty and Barber, a two-in-one organization that advocates for strong health and safety standards for Licensed Beauty and Barber Professionals and the clients they serve. As President of The Concerned Beauty and Barber Professionals, I secured a Federal Health and Safety Alliance with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). 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. And in 2012, on my first visit to Capitol Hill advocating with the Professional Beauty Association, I was able to garner a co-sponsor for HR 1957, legislation to improve tax policies for the industry.
In 2014 and 2016, I was the Democratic Candidate for the Georgia State Senate, District 40. I garnered 37% in 2014 and 43% in 2016.
In 2018, I was accepted into Emory Law School to pursue a Juris Master's Degree, focusing on Policy and Legal Research and in 2019 I was accepted in the Public Health Law Program at the Center For Disease Control (CDC).
I am a connector, a bridge-builder and I will be reaching across the aisle to get things done. I will bring my knowledge of the law, my heart for all people and my spirit of determination to serve Georgians and all Americans in the United States Senate.... Learn more about me