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Tavarris is a fifth-generation Richmonder. He was born and raised in the East End/Fulton, attended Richmond City Public Schools and earned a BA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University, becoming one of the first members of his family to attend college. During college, he became actively involved in politics serving as president of the VCU young democrats and SGA senator, and began working to elect State and Local Democratic candidates. He served as Virginia Young Democrats City/ County Chair and received Young Democrat of the Year award in 2019. Tavarris has also been an active, dues-paying member of the Richmond City Democratic Committee since 2008 and served as Secretary and 2nd District Chair.
In 2011 Tavarris joined other black voters filing a lawsuit against the state to contest the unconstitutional racial gerrymander of the House of Delegates map. In 2017 the Supreme Court ruled in the plaintiffs favor triggering a redrawing of House of Delegates district lines.
Professionally, Tavarris spent twelve years working as a bankruptcy specialist at Boleman Law Firm where helped folks navigate financial hardships. He is currently a project manager in the healthcare technology sector, where he oversees the development of care management software designed to streamline treatment plans for Medicaid recipients.
Tavarris has seen and experienced first hand the vast array of issues affecting this city, and he is determined to build a better Richmond that works for everyone.