What are Tamara’s community priorities?
Charleston-area community-centered service is something Tamara has been involved in since childhood. For over thirty years professionally, she has embraced the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child, and she knows it takes a caring community of persons to sustain our great county.
Since serving in the Charleston County Probate Court, Tamara’s priority has been to provide informative education about probate-related issues in the trident region regardless of the distance to urban, rural, and multi-cultural communities. In her service, Tamara also prioritized having interpreters to offer training in both English and Spanish.
Educate property owners & help families discern who owns their properties
Tamara will help our neighbors avoid losing their properties to tax sales, foreclosures, or selling their properties for minimum or below reasonable values. Her vision prioritizes additional educational outreach to citizens spanning Charleston County, from McClellanville & Awendaw to Edisto, Johns & James Islands, and from North Charleston to West Ashley. In addition to conducting more educational workshops, Tamara will collaborate with the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation and other organizations to assist families who need help securing title to their properties.
Prioritize Probate Court accessibility
Tamara will establish flexible staff schedules to make the Probate Court accessible during late afternoons and evenings. She will simplify filing paperwork and partner with other municipalities to reach areas that the Probate Court has not traditionally served.
Combat Elder and Fraud Abuse
Tamara will partner with local elder advocacy organizations to educate senior citizens on issues of elder abuse, fraud, and scams that prey on older adults.
Support people with mental health challenges
Tamara, who assisted in starting and presided over the first Mental Health Court in South Carolina, will expand upon efforts to divert our neighbors with mental health challenges away from incarceration and toward support, rehabilitation, and restoration.