Born in Alabama to a police officer and nurse, public service is in Tara's blood. Before meeting her spouse, Shafer, she taught high school English in the South. After becoming a military spouse, Tara took a little time in deciding what to do next, focusing on supporting their children and the military family community.
Tara saw a need in the community for knowledgeable and passionate advocates who understood issues commonly misunderstood by the legal community. While Shafer was on sea duty in San Diego, Tara attended law school, excelling both in her coursework and oral advocacy competitions. They were fortunate to remain in San Diego for her entire time in law school, missing graduation to return back to Saratoga Springs - in January!
Practicing law as a military spouse can be difficult, so Tara's practice has primarily focused on pro-bono assistance to military families and pregnant and birthing persons, as well as some consulting work. Serving on the boards of the Military Spouse JD Network and the Birth Rights Bar Association, her entire legal career has been focused on service to the community.
Now settled in Saratoga Springs, Tara is developing her own practice, focused primarily on litigation and security. She was recently chosen as a recipient of the Inaugural Honorable Judith S. Kaye Scholarship for rising female litigators in New York State, and this summer will be attending TBD Law, an invitation-only conference working to use legal technology to grow practices and improve access to justice for all.
Locally, Tara is a member of the Adirondack Women's Bar Association and the Capital District Women's Bar Association, including the LGBT Committee. She is also on the New York State Organizing Committee for Emerge America, working to bring intensive political training for Democratic women to New York State. Tara's candidacy for Supervisor has been endorsed by the Saratoga Springs City Democratic Committee.
In her free time, Tara enjoys knitting and sewing, training (very slowly) for (very slow) triathlons, and getting too many ideas from home improvement shows.
Tara, with over a decade of ties to the Saratoga Springs community, is a parent of four school-aged children and the spouse of a disabled veteran. Living in the area (twice!) under military orders, Tara and her spouse, Shafer, fell in love with the "city in the country." After Shafer was medically retired from the Navy, they chose the fantastic public schools, great downtown, and welcoming community of Saratoga Springs to raise their children. They recently purchased their first home, a lovely 125+ year old home near Division Street Elementary School. The family also has two cats (Riff Raff and Jack) and two puppies (Nike and Themis). In their spare time, you can find them riding bikes, training puppies, playing soccer, or hanging out at the West Side Rec playground.