Mississippi State Senate, District 6
|Profession||Small Business Owner, Pastor|
Armstrong is the owner of Melony Armstrong Braids in Tupelo, Mississippi. Along with the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm, she worked to overhaul government licensure requirements for braiding salons. Her fight has been featured in a recent Institute for Justice case study.
Armstrong earned a degree in Psychology from Oral Roberts University. She and her husband, Kevin, pastor Kingdom Seekers Church in Tupelo, MS. They have four children.
Armstrong's campaign site focuses on her successful effort to deregulate hair braiding businesses:
- "On April 19, 2005, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour signed legislation enabling hairbraiders to practice their occupation without over regulated government involvement. Her influence is felt beyond the Tupelo area. Since then, more than 300 women have registered hair braiding businesses across Mississippi. Melony Armstrong transformed an industry and helped create at least 300 jobs across the state, and several first time business owners. Individuals like Melony offer a key part of the answer to the questions: 'How can our state recover from the nations current economic downturn? How can we create long-term, sustainable growth?' That power lies where it always has in individuals like Melony who are driven to benefit society..."
Armstrong's site also lists four key policy goals:
- Reduction in size of government
- Promoting traditional family values
- Standing against all types of racism
- Fighting for the unborn
- Campaign Site
- Official Campaign Facebook Page
- NEMS360, "Senate race gets two last-minute qualifiers," December 11, 2010
- Melony Armstrong, Institute for Justice profile