RJ Hadley

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RJ Hadley
Rockdale County Tax Commissioner
Assumed office
December 30, 2012
Preceded by Dan Ray
Personal details
Born (1969-01-14) January 14, 1969 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dr. Tarah Hadley
Residence Conyers, Georgia
Alma mater Dartmouth College (BS)

RJ Hadley (born Rakeim Jerhal Hadley on January 14, 1969) is a Democratic Party activist and current Tax Commissioner of Rockdale County, Georgia.[1] In 2008 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention representing Georgia.[2] He has been a member of the Rockdale County Democratic Party since 2006 and was elected to its executive board in 2010.

Hadley is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He has worked in the public sector as juvenile justice social worker for the State of New Jersey. He has also held software technology positions in the United States and abroad with the Federal Aviation Administration, Motorola, and Logica.[3] In 2009, he was appointed Chief of Staff for Rockdale County.[4] He served as the Chief Operating Officer for Affordable Housing CDC, a non-profit housing and economic development organization, until his election as Tax Commissioner in 2012.

In 2010, Hadley sought the Democratic Party's nomination for Senate in Georgia, losing to Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond.[5] On January 29, 2011, he was elected Vice-Chair of County Parties with the Democratic Party of Georgia.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to noted bird veterinarian Dr. Tarah Hadley of the Atlanta Hospital for Birds and Exotics. They met at Dartmouth, have 5 children, and live in Conyers, Georgia.

Political Activism[edit]

Hadley was an early volunteer for the Barack Obama presidential campaign when an Obama campaign office opened in Atlanta in 2007. He went on to volunteer for the Obama campaign throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas.[7] In 2008, he was chosen by the Obama campaign to serve as an At-Large delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He was also the campaign manager for Richard Oden who became Rockdale County’s first African-American Chairman in 2009.[8]

2010 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

In 2009, Hadley announced his campaign to seek the Democratic Party of Georgia’s nomination for United States Senate to replace Johnny Isakson, a Republican. For nearly a year he ran unopposed until Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond entered the race in the last week of qualifying.[9] In the primary election held on July 20, 2010, Hadley garnered 15.7% of the popular vote.[10]

Rockdale County Tax Commissioner[edit]

In 2012, Hadley was elected Tax Commissioner in Rockdale County. He defeated Republican incumbent Dan Ray with 51.73% of the vote.[11]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Rockdale County - Tax Commissioner's Office". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Georgia's Delegation To The Democratic National Convention". Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hadley seeks to oust Georgia Senate incumbent". April 1, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "RJ Hadley Tapped for Chief of Staff Position" (PDF). Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Democrat could make history in U.S. Senate race". June 18, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rockdale Dem wins state party seat". Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hadley eager to serve". February 27, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Local residents take part in party conventions". August 28, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Last Minute Qualifying Rounds Out Races". Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Official Results of the Tuesday, July 20, 2010 General Primary Election". August 4, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rockdale County Election Results". Retrieved February 13, 2013.