Why Tanzie is Running

Tanzie Youngblood, Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional DistrictTanzie is running as a Democrat for Congress because she sees too many people in our communities struggling, and politicians in Washington leaving them behind. Tanzie will fight for rural and working families who are getting beaten down and forgotten. And she will fight for for middle class men and women whose own personal economy has been stagnant for 50 years. She will focus on pocketbook issues, like stagnant wages, not status quo politics.

Her life’s work is focused on family and making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Tanzie’s grandparents were farmers. She was a school teacher for more than 30 years while her husband, Willie, worked as a postal worker for more than 25 years, often covering the graveyard shift. Together, they raised two successful boys who were able to go to college, serve in the military, and get jobs in the communities where they grew up.

Today, that life is out of reach for too many. Wages are stagnant, education decisions aren’t driven by teachers and parents, college is unaffordable, and Washington politicians like Congressman LoBiondo are more worried about re-election than serving the people they represent. Twelve terms for LoBiondo is enough. We need new leadership and new blood in Congress.

And, as a widow and a Blue Star Mother, Tanzie understands the challenges military families face. Her eldest son will be deployed overseas this year on a hazardous duty tour, so you know she will make sure our service members, veterans, and families are taken care of. She will also promote a foreign policy agenda that is grounded in strength, relationships with our allies, and diplomacy.

Tanzie’s Background

Tanzie Youngblood is a longtime resident of Woolwich, NJ and a public servant who has dedicated her life to education and expanding opportunities for children.

Tanzie Youngblood, candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, and familyTanzie believes that good schools are the bedrock of great communities. One of the most important investments we can make in our communities is to our children and families. That is why she set aside various career opportunities to focus on educating our young people. She saw first hand how politicians in Washington and Trenton were not listening to parents and teachers in the classroom. That fueled her drive to make a difference.

With more than 30 years of experience inside the classroom, Tanzie has brought teachers, parents, and school leaders together to solve problems for some of the most vulnerable children in the community. A lifelong learner herself, she earned an Education Supervision Certification from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. As an educator, Tanzie has been on the front lines of comprehensive school reform, leadership training, data analysis and implementation, and, most notably, curriculum development. Most recently, she served as a Reading Specialist to supervise school compliance with federally funded educational programs such as Title 1 and Reading First.

Tanzie Youngblood, candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, and familyShe earned a BA in History from Rosemont College; a MA in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University; and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University. Since retiring from public education in 2015, Tanzie has been researching recent developments in public school models because of her extreme concern with policies supported by the current Secretary of Education.

Tanzie and her husband, the late Willie B. Youngblood, raised two sons Anthony (an active duty service member in the United States Navy), Cameron (a chemistry teacher in Gloucester County, New Jersey), and have two grandsons (Anthony Jr, and Ashton).

Tanzie Youngblood, Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, with Governor Martin O'Malley

Tanzie with Gov. Martin O’Malley

Tanzie Youngblood, Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, at Unity Day

Tanzie with a South Jersey dance group at Unity Day

Tanzie Youngblood, Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, with activists from Cape May County Indivisible

Tanzie meeting with activists from Cape May County Indivisible

Tanzie Youngblood's son Cameron with his students

Tanzie’s son Cameron with his students

Tanzie Youngblood, Democratic candidate for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, with Oprah Winfrey's companion Stedman Graham

A chance meeting with Stedman Graham on the campaign trail