The oldest child of a single mother, Mariah Phillips
learned early on the value of responsibility, working hard, and respecting others.

At 19, she was hired to work for minimum wage at Starbucks and by 22, she was promoted to manager. She has been an employee of Starbucks for 21 years, working in various stores with various roles. The mother of five, Mariah worked two jobs to provide a steady income and healthcare for her family, while her husband Derrek, a musician, began to build his small business.


​​In 2012, while working full time, Mariah graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Political Science, History and Education. She became a teacher at an alternative school in Rutherford County, working with students who struggle in the traditional school setting. Recognizing her desire to do more, she completed her master’s degree as an Ayers Fellow at Lipscomb University in 2016 while teaching full time. A proud member of Experience Community Church, Mariah has dedicated herself and her family to thousands of hours of community service over the years. Groups like In Full Motion, TN Veterans Home, Special Olympics, Clean Ocean Action, Oasis Center, and Second Harvest have been some of the many organizations that she has spent her time with.

Mariah believes, like so many of us, that in order to change the way Washington works, we need to
change the type of people we are sending to Washington. We need moms who have worked two jobs and understand how hard it can be to make ends meet. We need leaders who will actually work across the aisle to get things done for Middle Tennessee, not another career politician who only works for the special interests. It’s time to change the conversation in Washington.

Mariah Believes 

  • Responsibility to Serve
Mariah has lived her life serving her community as a teacher and volunteer. She comes from a long line of public servants - it runs in her family. She believes the best leaders are those who have a heart for service. Whether working to improve opportunities for children, protecting the environment, or volunteering with Veterans, Mariah leads by example.
  • Belief that all people deserve to have equal opportunities.
From Spring Hill to Spring City, Mariah believes all people deserve an equal opportunity for life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. That is why she believes public education and healthcare are foundations of successful communities. Mariah will ensure the ideals will be maintained through legislation that supports those values.
  • Focus on solutions
Mariah knows that government works best when decision makers are values driven and focused on solving our real world problems. In business or education, Mariah has always been a change-agent, finding effective and efficient ways to get things done with win-win solutions.
  • Civic Engagement
Mariah believes every voice is important and every vote counts. That why she makes voting and voter registration an important part of her life. She votes regularly and brings others to the polls. Mariah believes voting is the most important form of activism you can do for your community.
  • Ending the divisiveness in Washington
As someone who has studied and taught how government works, she knows it is not working the way it is supposed to. There is no greater problem then the divisive rhetoric that surrounds our current political discourse. And it has an impact back home, damaging our families and our friendships. Our communities are stronger when we stop focusing on separation and division and find areas where we have common ground.
  • Restoring trust in Government
The United States has been called the great American Experiment. This experiment will only work when the participants are engaged in the process and we elect leaders who we can trust. Too many people feel like government doesn’t speak for them or care about their needs. We deserve leaders who are able to speak truthfully who have a moral compass.

At the Core, we want the same things. We want safe communities, where are children can grow up to have better opportunities than we had. We want a fair and honest economy where workers are treated with dignity and employers can experience healthy growth. We want to know that we can take care of our families if someone gets sick because we shouldn’t be healthier because we are wealthier. And at the end of the day, if we make good decisions for our families and communities, we will thrive.