Raumesh Akbari

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Raumesh Akbari
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 91st district
In office
Preceded by Lois DeBerry
Personal details
Born Raumesh Aleza Akbari
Political party Democratic
Residence Memphis, Tennessee
Alma mater Washington University
Saint Louis University School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Religion Christian

Raumesh Akbari (ruh-MESH ack-BERRY) is an American politician and member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. She was elected to represent the 91st district, part of Shelby County, as a Democrat. Representative Akbari was elected on November 21, 2013, during a special election to fill the seat which was left vacant by the death of Representative Lois DeBerry.

Early life and education[edit]

Raumesh Akbari is a Cordova High School graduate. Akbari earned her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in May of 2009. Akbari earned her BA in African American studies with a minor in political science in May of 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She works for a small business her parents opened in 1981, Akbari Corp., where she handles hiring, employment law and compliance.

Political career[edit]

Raumesh Akbari, an attorney making her first bid for elected office, won the Democratic special primary election on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Only 1,812 votes were cast, with 502 cast for Akbari. The runner-up to Akbari was Terica Lamb with 399 votes, Kemba Ford, with 355 votes, and Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw, a cousin to the late Lois DeBerry received 111 votes. Joshua Forbes received 261 votes, Clifford Lewis received 134 votes, and Kermit Moore received 47 votes. Finally, Akbari won the special general election in a landslide on November 21, 2013. Of the 3,474 votes cast, Akbari received 3,088. The only other candidate on the ballot during the special general election was Jim Tomasik, a Libertarian. He received 370 votes and 16 votes were for various write-in candidates.


External links[edit]

Tennessee House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lois DeBerry
Tennessee State Representative, 91st District
Succeeded by