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Melody Shekari

Melody Shekari

Candidate Tennessee State Representative District 28 (Democrat)

Melody is a lawyer, community advocate, and a proud daughter of Iranian immigrants. Though raised in Chattanooga, Melody studied at and earned degrees from leading universities across the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Bentley University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a Law Degree from the University of Southern California. After completing her education, Melody returned home to Chattanooga to serve her community. She ran for U.S. Congress in 2016 as the Democratic nominee in Tennessee’s 3rd District.

Melody’s current work and volunteer priorities include criminal justice reform, support for public education, job creation and workforce development, and the rights of immigrants. She has worked hard her entire life and is not afraid to stand up to the powerful when advocating for people in need. Melody supports better schools for our kids, higher paying jobs with family benefits, and decent affordable healthcare for every man, woman, and child.   

Melody’s campaign is currently endorsed by public officials and organizations, including the Local Carpenters Union, Maz Jobrani, two Hamilton County Commissioners, Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi, and Tennessee State House Representative John Ray Clemmons.  


Background Information

Occupation: Lawyer      

Residence: Chattanooga, TN

Education: JD, Law, University of Southern California, 2011-2014

MPA, Public Administration, University of Washington, 2010-2011

BS, Business/Economics, Bentley College, 2006-2009

Marital Status: Single

Previous Occupation: Outreach Director

Birthplace: Baycity, TX