21 Things You May Not Know About Tami Sawyer, A Millennial Mayoral Candidate In Memphis Who Could Make History

Why Memphis can't wait, her thoughts on the YeeHaw Agenda, and what she would say to Trump in an elevator.

Photo credit:Tami Sawyer/Blavity

| April 20 2019,

11:31 pm

Tamara "Tami" Sawyer could be the next mayor for the city of Memphis — a community where she was born and raised. Sawyer says she is ready to take her public service experience to new heights, as her campaign motto proclaims: Memphis Can't Wait. We can't wait. 

The millennial politician has served as Memphis' 7th District of Shelby County's Commissioner since August 2018. She is recognized as one of "18 Tennesseans to Watch in 2018," and serves as a beacon of light in her community. If voted the next mayor of the 'Home of the Blues,' she will be the city's first woman elected to the post.

Blavity had a chance to get to know Commissioner Sawyer a little better. Check out her answers to 21 questions below.


The night before he was assassinated, Dr. King said something was happening in Memphis. He thought we were on the cusp of addressing generations of poverty and inequity. 51 years later, Memphis currently ranks second in overall and childhood poverty, with more than 30 percent of African American youth living in poverty. We can’t wait any longer to make something happen here. Less than 50 percent of Memphians have access to quality healthcare or education. Our future as a city depends on us turning the tide, investing in our neighborhoods and our youth. We can’t wait for equity and opportunity to be the guiding vision of our city. We deserve more than basic leadership at best.

Two high school seniors; Zyhana Bryant, in Charlottesville, VA, and Allyson Smith, here in Memphis. They are two bold, courageous, freedom fighting black girls, and I love keeping up with their ideas, their achievements (both have full rides to the schools of their dreams), their passion for change, and vision for the future.

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