June 22, 2018

Statehouse Candidate Melody Shekari Calls for 21st Century Kirkman School to Train Workers for Higher Paying Jobs in Tennessee’s 28th District

Shekari Sees Public/Private Partnerships as Key to Attracting Businesses to the Region and Creating Hundreds of Jobs That Pay Livable Wages  Chattanooga attorney Melody Shekari is running to succeed longtime Rep. JoAnne Favors as State Representative for Tennessee’s 28th District. Shekari believes that providing good jobs with benefits is a critical issue for the families in her district. Introducing legislation to …

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June 10, 2018

Melody Shekari Launches Campaign to Represent Tennessee’s 28th District

Chattanooga attorney Melody Shekari has announced her candidacy to represent the 28th District in the Tennessee State House of Representatives. On Friday, May 11th, Melody launched her campaign in front of an abandoned supermarket on Glass Street in East Chattanooga, calling the public’s attention to the lack of basic services available in the area’s low-income neighborhoods. In her announcement speech, …

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May 8, 2018

Join us for our Campaign Announcement!

2018 is a landmark year for elections in Tennessee. There are three elections this year, TN District 28’s current representative is retiring this year. Melody is announcing her decision to run for the district and put her years of political experience and passion for community to work in District 28. She has been listening to our community’s hopes and needs and …

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March 1, 2018

Invitation to 2018 Chattanooga Persian Nowruz Celebration

Chattanooga-area Persian community members invite YOU to celebrate the Persian Nowruz (New Year) at our celebration in the Bessie Smith Hall on Friday March 23 at 6 pm. The Persian Nowruz falls on the first day of spring, celebrates the rebirth of nature, and includes symbols representing hopes for the new year. Your ticket includes a persian dinner (kebabs, rice, …

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January 20, 2018

Melody Around Chattanooga

Thousands participated in the 2018 Women’s March. Melody was one of a number of local speakers and advocated for women to stay political active. Read the complete article at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.   Melody co-chaired the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee’s Heroes Luncheon in 2017. See the CityScope coverage here Melody was interviewed about her participation and …

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November 3, 2017

Melody Joins the Bar of Tennessee

In October 2017, Melody joined the Bar of Tennessee after taking the bar exam in July. Melody received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law in 2014. In law school, she served as the President of the Graduate Student Government, representative the Student Bar Association, president of the Energy & Environmental Law Society, …

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October 26, 2016

How Many Politicians Does It Take to Fix a Lock? #WheresChuck

Since taking office in 2011, Chuck Fleischmann’s extreme party loyalty and do-nothing attitude created a ticking time bomb for the Chickamauga Lock closure. Some work has been done—a cofferdam has been created to create a dry construction zone, among other things—but when federal funding ran out during Fleischmann’s first term in 2012, the construction halted. Not one federal penny was …

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October 25, 2016

We thought better of Clint Cooper and Times Free Press

On Saturday, October 23, Melody received the following email from Times-Free Press Public Editor Chris Sherrill Vass: Hi Melody, I saw this on Facebook today. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. The Times Free Press has taken care to provide balanced coverage this election cycle. To see a photo (yes, I know your mom shot it and therefore …

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October 20, 2016

#CowardlyChuck Won’t Debate

We’re pretty sure Chuck’s scared. Melody Shekari is running to give people a real choice in this election – and to show people that choice, she’s challenged Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to debate – several times. Not just one debate in the smallest county in the district and not a debate after early voting is all but finished. No: multiple debates …

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