Chalis Montgomery is a Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.
A music educator and former children’s minister, Montgomery is running for Congress because she knows when to stand up for what’s right.
Born in Nashville and raised in West Alabama and North Dakota, Montgomery has spent the last 16 years in Georgia—and currently lives with her math-educator husband, Ken, and 7-year-old daughter, Gwen, in Bethlehem. She earned a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a master’s degree in vocal performance from Georgia State University.
At the age of two, her daughter was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and she and her husband began to navigate the ins and outs of caring for a child with a chronic illness. They were particularly concerned when--on the National Day of Prayer--Jody Hice, their representative in Congress, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The next day Ken lost his job at a local college because enrollment wasn’t high enough. And so the Montgomery family faced an uncertain health care future. On that following Saturday, Gwen went to her piggy bank, emptied it into a bucket and told her parents she would pay for her care herself.
While she had been considering running for office for some time, it was in that moment that she realized that if her congressman would not show her what it means to be a voice for the voiceless, it was her responsibility.
For every voice.