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Tomlinson Announces Senate Run with $250,000+ Fundraising Haul

May 1, 2019 (706) 225-9158


Announcement Video Decries “The Crazy and The Mean” Coming Out of Washington

Columbus, GA – Teresa Tomlinson officially launched her 2020 U.S. Senate bid with an impressive showing of grassroots support in the run up to today’s announcement. In a video (click link to view) released by her campaign, she explained her sense of urgency about why voters must turn Georgia blue if they want government to work for them.

In discussing her successful leadership as Mayor of Columbus, GA, Tomlinson states: “It’s time to bring this same smart, pragmatic, effective government to Washington D.C. – without all the crazy and the mean. We don’t have to rip children from their parents’ arms in order to have a strong immigration system. We don’t have to wage tariff wars on our farmers in order to solve global trade challenges. We don’t have to play a game of political ego with healthcare in order to create a financial infrastructure through which families can thrive.”

Drawing inspiration from Georgians of every region, who daily put their shoulders to the wheel of community, Tomlinson states that she is committed to making sure the government makes a positive difference in their lives, “The key to whether government is a tool for opportunity, or a weight around your neck, is who is running it. I’m running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 because I have spent my life ensuring that government makes a positive difference in yours.”

Bolstering her case for the Democratic nomination, the campaign reports hitting $265,000 within 12 hours of fellow Democrat Stacey Abrams’ announcement that she would pass on a Senate bid and appears on track to surpass $300,000 today. In total, Tomlinson has received nearly 800 donations, 74% of which are from Georgia supporters.

Edana Walker—formerly Finance Director and Deputy Campaign Manager to Stacey Abrams—will serve as Finance Director for #TeamTomlinson. Walker projected higher totals in the coming weeks.

“We are absolutely blown away by the tremendous outpouring of grassroots support for Teresa’s campaign,” Walker says. “A quarter of a million dollars is a strong start and we plan to build on this early momentum with a quarterly filing that will show the world that Teresa has tremendous depth and breadth of support, and the clearest path to become Georgia’s next Senator.”

The campaign has already assembled an experienced team with a proven record of winning in states like Georgia.

Leading the campaign’s strategy and media advertising is the firm of Trippi Norton Rossmeissl Campaigns, which played a critical role in the historic victory of Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic Senator in 25 years, along with electing Democrats across the country.

“Voters are hungry for the kind of leadership Teresa Tomlinson brings to the race. While Washington is mired in chaos and division, Tomlinson has a record as Mayor of understanding the problems families face and getting things done to address them–and that’s what she will do in Washington,” says Julie Norton of Trippi Norton Rossmeissl Campaigns.

GBAO Research and Strategy is handling the polling for the campaign, led by Mike Bocian and Margie Omero, a nationally recognized expert on women voters.

“In 2018, strong women candidates were motivated to run for office and women voters were motivated to turn out and get involved. With candidates like Teresa Tomlinson, 2020 is off to a similar start,” said Margie Omero, GBAO principal. “Voters are worried about Washington corruption and dysfunction, so Georgians will respond to Teresa’s long record of standing up to power and getting results and will agree it’s the kind of change Washington needs,” said Margie Omero, GBAO principal.

Tomlinson is an eighth-generation Georgian with deep ties throughout the state. She was born and raised in Atlanta and is a product of public schools. She went on to graduate from Sweet Briar College, a women’s college, 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. While serving as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Tomlinson helped set the college on a strong course for the future.

Tomlinson started her career as a young lawyer. She took on cases 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 its product to destroy farmlands. Quickly earning the respect of her peers, she became the first female partner of their firm.

As Mayor, Tomlinson led efforts to provide good government at the lowest cost per person of any major city in Georgia, reduced crime by 42%, reversed blight, developed a new tourism economy that created new jobs, and protected employee healthcare and pensions while saving taxpayers millions of dollars. By the completion of her second term, Columbus — the state’s second largest city – was named one of the “25 Best Run Cities in America.”

Tomlinson added, “As your next Senator, I will bring fearless, tireless service to the U.S. Senate in order to ensure that our government works better for everyone in Georgia.”


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