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SD 40 candidate Tamara Johnson-Shealey


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Tamara Yolanda Johnson-Shealey (D-Peachtree Corners)


District 40 (DeKalb, Fulton & Gwinnett counties)



Tamara Johnson-Shealey

Unions have donated $4,700 to Tamara Johnson-Shealey’s two races for the state Senate. Sixty percent of her campaign funds, though, have come from donors of $100 or less.

Johnson-Shealey left her home and her business off the personal financial disclosure she filed in March 2016. She said the omission was an oversight and amended the disclosure on Nov. 4 after Atlanta Unfiltered called it to her attention.

Campaign website

Political career

  • Won the 2014 Democratic nomination for Senate District 40, 69-31%, but lost 63-37% to Sen. Fran Millar in the general election.
  • Faces Millar again in the 2016 general election.


  • Senior advocate, Politics Beauty Inc. (registered lobbyist in Ga. in 2014-15)

Business ownership interests

  • CEO, Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals.

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Peachtree Corners valued at $250,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Friends and Family

  • Jim Shealey, her husband, is chairman of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. He is running in 2016 for Gwinnett County Commission chairman against incumbent Charlotte Nash.

Campaign contributions

Johnson-Shealey has raised more than $22,000 in political donations. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2014: $9,906
  • 2015-16: $13,858
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $282

Top donors

  • $2,000 Communications Workers of America
  • $2,000 Georgia Federation of Teachers
  • $1,250 John Alderman, Roswell, Ga., retired
  • $1,200 Sen. Steve Henson

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Johnson-Shealey’s campaign has made no such donations.

 Posted Nov. 5, 2016





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