Tamara L. Shewmake

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Tamara Shewmake graduated from Norfolk State University, where she majored in Psychology, and graduated Cum Laude in 2010 [1]. She is the current owner of Furtherance Consulting LLC. In 2018 Tamara L. Shewmake was elected to the City of Portsmouth School Board [2]. She is owner and co-owner of We Buy the Block and Virginia Business Initiative, respectively. She is the current Chief Administrator of the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

Shewmake served as board member of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Executive Board from 2009-2013 and President of Center for Aging Housing from 2011-2013. She is Founder of the I.C. Norcom Alumni Cheerleading Association and has held positions as Portsmouth Board Member and Executive Committee member of Hampton Roads Chamber, as well as on the Portsmouth PTA Council, Cradock Lions Club, Virginia Young Democrats, Portsmouth Democratic Committee, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee [1]. She is also a volunteer for the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless and has been a member of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. [6].

Shewmake has been labeled as a Democrat under VPAP [3].

Key Issues


Shewmake has emphasized the importance of literacy vocational training [1]. She has advocated for the raise of teacher pay and a mental health program for students. Additionally, she believes CTE programs in the public schools should have ways for students to gain a certification after graduation [2].

Shewmake also advocates for the expansion of the availability of Chromebooks in public schools. Another policy Shewmake supports is higher funding for school supplies to prevent teachers and students from having to pay out-of-pocket to participate in instruction effectively. Shewmake’s 3 biggest priorities are early literacy, financial literacy, and postgraduate preparedness [5].

Public Safety

Shewmake has stated that she believes a community watch program should be implemented with the purpose of creating a system through communication between bus stops to provide safety in and out of school grounds [5].


Run for Something (in 2020)


1 Portsmouth Public Schools 
2 Tamara L. Shewmake
4 The Final Stretch: Endorsement 
5 Wavy 
6 The Virginian-Pilot