Meet Tanzie

Tanzie and friends at an anti-NRA rally

Tanzie Youngblood spent 30 years as a public-school teacher.  She has a B. A. in history, two Masters’ degrees and five teaching certifications, including one as a reading specialist.   Tanzie has spent a lifetime committed to giving our children the tools they need to succeed.

Tanzie is deeply concerned about the rise in gun violence in schools.  She has been a champion on the issue for the South Jersey community, with profiles in Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She believes schools are supposed to be safe, calm and nurturing environments for our children – black, white, transgender, gay, Muslim and undocumented.  Guns have no place in the classroom.

As a young, black girl growing up in Philadelphia, Tanzie has seen discrimination first hand.  To her, discrimination is discrimination. Period.  Leveling the playing field for everyone is a top priority.

As a Blue Star mother, Tanzie understands the sacrifice military families make every day. Time away from loved ones, difficult working and living conditions are just the beginning.  Tanzie will fight to ensure that our veterans receive the care, both physical and psychological, they need when they return home.

Tanzie will fight for quality, accessible, cost controlled healthcare that puts us on the path to a single payer system. As a lifelong union member, Tanzie knows she and her family have benefited from quality care and believes every American should have access to the same.

Not being a professional politician, Tanzie understands the challenges of raising enough money to run a successful campaign.  Money shouldn’t be a challenge to serving in Congress or any other elected office.  That’s why Tanzie is committed to overturning Citizens United and supports the 28th amendment movement.

New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District is a diverse, talented community that lacks opportunity.  Beautiful shorelines, vibrant river communities, family farms and urban areas struggle due to a lack of investment in transportation, 21st century jobs and education.

Tanzie often says that, unknowingly, she’s been preparing for Congress all her life.  Her decades spent recognizing issues, educating herself about the available options and bringing communities together to find solutions through collaboration are the skills Tanzie will be taking to Congress.

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