FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbus, GA – Teresa Tomlinson, two-term Mayor of Columbus and candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia receives the endorsement of twenty-one faith-based leaders who served Columbus, GA during her time as mayor.
“We could not have done the big things we did if it had not been for our tremendous faith-based community. These men and women of God carried us through the peaks and valleys as one people, and I am so grateful for their leadership,” Tomlinson said. Tomlinson led the City of Columbus from 2011-2019 to be named one of the 25 Best Run Cities in America. Columbus is an African-American majority city of 200,000 people. She was the first woman elected Mayor of Columbus, and the first mayor to be re-elected in a contested race since 1971, winning both elections with well over 60% of the vote. In re-election she won predominately African-American precincts by 80% or more.
The Columbus faith-based leaders endorsing Tomlinson include: Rev. Emmett Aniton, Jr., (Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Joseph E. Baker, (St. James AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Willie (Bo) Barber, II, (Prospect AME Church, Fortson, GA); Rev. Jamie L. Capers, (Miles Chapel CME Church, Tyler, TX formerly of Holsey Chapel CME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Terrence Evans (Greater Ward AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Johnny H. Flakes, III (Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. James C. Grant (Cornith Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Marcus J. Gibson (Greater Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Debora F. Grant (Cosmopolitan AME Church, Atlanta, GA formerly of St. John AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Roderick Green (First African Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. C. Medley Hayes (Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Conitras M. Houston (Trinity AME Church, Atlanta, GA formerly of Greater Ward Chapel AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Ralph Huling (St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Kevin T. Moore (St. Paul AME Church, Macon, GA formerly of Greater St. Mark AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Leon C. Moore (Pleasant Hill CME Church, Atlanta, GA formerly of Greater St. Mark AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Corey J. Neal (Greater Peace Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Betty Jackson Sparks (Mt. Commadore AME Church, Midland, GA); Rev. David Stallion, Sr. (Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Richard Allen Washington (St. John AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Curtis L. West, Jr. (Trinity AME Church, Atlanta, GA, formerly of Ward Chapel AME Church, Columbus, GA); Rev. Reginald Williams (South Columbus United Methodist Church, Columbus, GA)
Excerpts from personal testimonies of the endorsers include:
“As Mayor of Columbus, Teresa Tomlinson worked! Under her leadership, the City of Columbus worked for the greater good of all people, the safety of all people, and the progress of all people! We were better because of Teresa Tomlinson. Georgia will be better with Teresa Tomlinson!” — Conitras M. Houston
“I am persuaded that the best candidate to be the U.S. Senator from Georgia is Teresa Tomlinson, the former Mayor of Columbus, Georgia. It is her integrity and record as Mayor of Columbus that distinguishes her from the other candidates. Teresa Tomlinson is not afraid to speak truth to power and address the hard issues facing our state and nation.” — Rev. Johnny H. Flakes, III
“Teresa Tomlinson understood the nature of her position as Mayor. She served the City of Columbus with a strong commitment, leading the effort to build ‘One Columbus.’ She embraced culture, climate, community and was successful in creating unity within diversity. She gained the respect of religious, political and community leaders, not just in Columbus, but throughout the United States. She is powerful, practical and people oriented. She is the One.” — Rev. Debora F. Grant
“I have known Teresa since her time as the Executive Director of MidTown, Inc. She tirelessly worked to sustain and enhance neighborhoods and businesses through education and advocacy in support of community, conservation, and diversity. Teresa championed a cause dear to my heart homelessness. Her very approachable, engaging, and genuine personality is necessary for the political climate we are enduring now. Join me on or before June 9 as I vote for Teresa Tomlinson for US Senate.” — Rev. Richard Allen Washington
Tomlinson was twice elected Mayor of Columbus, each time with more than 60%, in a majority African-American city. She also served as Public Safety Director and head of Homeland Security, and she holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense. As mayor, she helped propel the city to be named one of the 25 Best Run Cities in America. As a proud Democrat, Tomlinson is strongly pro-choice, supports universal health care, is committed to strong environmental protections to address climate change, supports common-sense gun legislation, and will fight tirelessly against voter suppression and racial discrimination.
Teresa has also been endorsed by Democracy for America, the National Organization of Women PAC, Asian American Advocacy Fund, and over 60 Democratic leaders and activists from every region and every walk of life in Georgia.