This is part of a series of interviews with the Democratic Senate candidates on the ballot June 9, hoping to challenge Republican David Perdue in November.
Teresa Tomlinson was the first female mayor of Columbus, Georgia, the state’s second-largest city, and served two terms from 2011-2019. Prior to that and afterward, she has worked as a complex federal litigation attorney. She also led the fundraising campaign to rescue her alma mater, Sweet Briar College when it faced closure in 2015.
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“My greatest gift is that people underestimate me,” she said. “It allows me the wonderful opportunity to get out there and show them that I’m not just quite capable but I’m the one to be able to resolve what’s causing you the most anxiety. And that is that our federal government is not working today. We need an honest broker and a steady hand.”
Tomlinson grew up in Atlanta and continues to live in Columbus.