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Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer

Rallied at Clayborn Temple to Speak Her Vision

March 12, 2019

On March 9, 2019, Memphis mayoral candidate and Shelby County Commissioner, Tami Sawyer held a community rally to introduce her campaign platform and share her vision for the future of the city of Memphis with supporters.


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Tami Sawyer is a native Memphian, educator, leader, and advocate for progress and change in Memphis and Shelby County.

She currently serves District 7 in Memphis as their Shelby County Commissioner, where she isthe chair of the Law Enforcement & Corrections committee and vice-chair of the Education committee. In addition, Tami organizes, speaks, and writes about the continued movement for social justice and racial equity in the South and has been featured on major outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and Huffington Post.

Prior to being elected to serve on the Shelby County Commission in 2018, she led efforts in Memphis and the mid-south region to protest the wrongful deaths of black male youth and advocate against systemic oppression. Perhaps most known for her role as founder and leader of the ‘Take ‘Em Down 901’ movement that led to the removal of statues honoring confederacy leaders and white supremacists, Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest from two Memphis parks, Sawyer garnered national and global support for the commendable feat.

In recognition of this and other social justice activism and advocacy, Tami was named to the 2018 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list as a Community Crusader. In 2019, she was selected as the first Speaker in Residence of Clayborn Temple, the meeting site of the sanitation workers who organized the historic strike and “I Am A Man” march of 1968.

As a democratic nominee for the Shelby County Commission, Tami defeated republican opponent Samuel D. Goff in a landslide victory on August 2, 2018, capturing 81 percent of the voting total. Throughout the election cycle, she spoke of a need for bold and courageous leadership to confront inequities prevalent in Memphis and Shelby County and focused specifically on education, economic opportunity, reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform. Sawyer’s candidacy for Shelby County Commission was supported by a cross-section of voters, grassroots activists, and political leaders and received various endorsements including:, the Collective PAC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Leadership for Educational Equity, Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway, and United States Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09).

In her first term as Shelby County Commissioner, she’s used her voice to challenge educational inequity, transportation insecurity, and the lack of investment in minority & women owned businesses, and she’s delivered reform of juvenile court and detention to include local oversight, resources to students in underserved communities, and open & transparent communications with her constituents.

In addition to serving on the Shelby County Commission, Tami also currently serves as the Education Co-Chair of the NAACP Memphis Branch and as a board member of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and attended Howard University School of Law. 



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