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April 30, 2019 (706) 225-9158
TOMLINSON WISHES ABRAMS WELL UPON SENATE DECISION; PLANS FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW
TOMLINSON: “Stacey helped make this a two-party state and I intend to keep working with her to turn Georgia blue in 2020”
Columbus, GA – Having strongly supported the Gubernatorial bid of Stacey Abrams, who announced today that she is not seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2020, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson plans to make a formal announcement about her own run tomorrow.
“I join Georgians across the state in wishing Stacey well as she considers how she can best serve her state and country,” Tomlinson said. “While she has decided against a Senate run, Stacey helped make this a two-party state and I intend to keep working with her to turn Georgia blue in 2020.”
Since forming an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month, Tomlinson has expressed concern about how the U.S. government has been corrupted by the current dysfunctional power structure in Washington, making the point that “the Washington power structure isn’t working for us and if we keep sending the wrong people to Washington, it never will.”
As the first woman and first re-elected Mayor in a contested race since the state’s second largest city consolidated in 1971, Tomlinson led efforts to provide good government at the lowest cost per person of any major city in Georgia, reduced crime by 42%, developed a new tourism economy that created new jobs, reduced blight, and protected employee healthcare and pensions while saving taxpayers millions of dollars. By the completion of her second term, Columbus was named one of the “25 Best Run Cities in America.”
“By bringing people together and coming up with a new game plan, we showed that government can be a tool to improve people’s lives and get results,” she added. “I knew, going into office, that to overcome an entrenched and dysfunctional power structure like we now have in Washington, we’ve got to be fearless and tenacious.”
Before becoming Mayor, Tomlinson started her career as a young lawyer, where she didn’t back down from legal challenges against some of the most powerful corporations in the country, from big banks that took advantage of the vulnerable to a chemical conglomerate that allowed their product to destroy farmlands. Quickly earning the respect of her peers, she became the first female partner of their firm.
Neal Pope, founding partner, Pope, McGlamry, LLP, Teresa’s first law firm, commented, “Teresa is a tremendous force–she’s a fighter and has the guts to stand up to anyone, no matter how powerful. The U.S. Senate could really use Teresa to set things straight for the people of Georgia.”
After moving to Columbus, where she married her husband, Tomlinson went on to serve as Executive Director of MidTown Inc., a non-profit that partners with business leaders to clean up and rebuild blighted communities. Her successful service led her to back-to-back wins in her Mayoral races, earning more than 60 percent of the vote each time in the minority-majority city.
Marvin Broadwater, Sr., a Columbusite and GA State Representative of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, commented, “Teresa was a transformational leader for Columbus who understands, respects and celebrates diversity. I was proud to call her my Mayor.”
As Democrats look to regain a majority in the U.S. Senate, part of Tomlinson’s political appeal is that she’s an eighth-generation Georgian with deep ties throughout the state. Born and raised in Atlanta and a proud product of Georgia public schools, she went on to graduate from Sweet Briar women’s college in Virginia, with a dual degree in government and economics and a certificate in business management, before earning her law degree from Emory University.
Tomlinson later went on to help save Sweet Briar from closing, considered by many to be a heroic accomplishment. After serving as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Tomlinson helped set the college on a strong course for the future.
Tomlinson also holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense due to her position as Public Safety Director and the head of Homeland Security for Columbus and due to her work with the Ft. Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence, the world’s fifth largest military training base.
Drawing inspiration from other Georgians who she’s witnessed putting their shoulders to the wheel of community, Tomlinson is committed to making a difference for everyone in Georgia, adding, “I believe Georgia can do better and I would be proud to help lead our state to a better future in 2020.”