I am the daughter of a Southern Baptist Minister and college professor. My dad, Telfair “Ted” Mashburn III, still preaches at Josephine Baptist Church and teaches at the University of Mobile. My mom, Rene’, was Fairhope’s Director of City Development for 10 years. More recently, she renovated a Fairhope eyesore and opened Green Gates Market and Green Gates Market Downtown. I married Matthew Myrick in 2011, and we moved back home. Our roots here run deep. Our parents live here, our dads grew up here in the 50s and 60s, and my grandfather, Telfair Mashburn, was Baldwin County’s first circuit judge. But history wasn’t the only thing that called us home – we love it here.
Matt and I are blessed to have two children: Ida Mae (5) and Telfair “Telly” (3). Our daughter started kindergarten at Fairhope Elementary School this fall. As parents who are working to raise productive, responsible, compassionate citizens, we know how important quality public schools and high wage, high growth careers are for our area. We want our kids to go experience the world and decide there’s no place they would rather live (and raise our future grandkids) than Baldwin County.
People in our community care about each other’s well-being, and that ethic of caring is central to my Christian faith. It’s one of the reasons Matt and I joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church after we moved home — the congregation has a strong commitment to outreach — and it’s something my parents taught me through their words and their example. After attending Rhodes College in Memphis, I taught English with the U.S. Peace Corps in a rural village in Kyrgyzstan. Then, as a student at the University of Alabama School of Law, I offered free legal assistance to not-for-profit organizations.
Today, I practice law with Phelps Dunbar. Our firm works with businesses and individuals in matters ranging from complex tax and estate planning to business disputes, mergers and acquisitions. As an attorney, my first job is to listen to my clients and understand their needs so that we can develop achievable goals and a strategy to reach them. I will deliver this same focus and dedication to the residents of House District 94. Since moving into private practice, I have done free legal work through the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program; taught high schoolers the basics of credit through the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program; and served on a statewide committee that helped draft anti-fraud legislation.
I am running for office because it’s time for Montgomery to serve the people of House District 94. After much prayer and thought, my husband and I have decided that our children’s future, and the future of all children in our communities, is dependent on our getting it right in the state legislature right now. We must turn the tide on the culture of corruption in Montgomery. We must take action to preserve our natural resources, to ensure our waters are clean both for our health and safety and for our local industries that depend on it. We must elect representatives who support our schools not just with words, but with legislation. When elected, I will work to ensure our state government gives our small towns and rural areas the support we deserve. Join me in bringing focused and energetic leadership, pragmatic problem-solving, and a spirit of public service to Montgomery.