Why I'm Running

It’s time for bold, progressive leadership in Athens. It's time for Progress for the People. As your neighbor here in District 2, I have worked as a civil rights activist and community organizer to improve the lives of working people throughout Athens. As Commissioner, I will listen to you, work for you, and fight for local policies that will strengthen our neighborhoods and protect our working families. It's time for a new vision for Athens, one where we finally address the poverty and discrimination that hold our community back. When this movement wins, we all win a seat at the table. Together, we can change Athens and District 2.

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What I'm Fighting For

Prosperity for the People

All Athenians deserve fair wages and an equal share in meaningful work in industries of the twenty-first century.

Justice for the People

The time is now to end discrimination in Athens once and for all.

Education for the People

Continuing or finishing your education as an adult should be a right and not a privilege. As your commissioner, I will fight for fair access to lifelong education opportunities for every single person in Athens, regardless of economic background or past criminal history.

Transportation for the People

Access to affordable transportation is a basic human need. As your future commissioner, making city buses free for everyone is a top priority. As well, I will fight for complete sidewalks and protected bike lanes in all parts of the city.

What Can I Do for You as County Commissioner?

The official mission statement for our county is the following: “Athens-Clarke County, an open and responsive government, will facilitate a positive environment for individuals to obtain a high quality of life and local organizations to achieve success by providing innovative, high-quality services and responsible stewardship of the community's resources, to benefit current and future generations.”

The unified government of Athens-Clarke County has three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislative branch is made up of the mayor and ten commissioners, one from each district of the county. Commissioners are typically elected every four years by the residents in their district. As elected officials, these ten county commissioners are tasked with working together to decide how to spend local government funds. The mayor and the commission regularly meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in City Hall to address the agenda set at the end of the previous month. They also hold special meetings as necessary.

Right now, the 2018 Commission Strategic Commissions, Directions, and Actions form includes the following spending initiatives amounting to approximately $31 million dollars (some initiatives do not yet list the cost or sources of funding):

  1. Energy and Environment: $15,838,300.00
  2. Justice System and Emergency Services: $11,429,400.00
  3. Transportation: $1,396,000.00
  4. Government Administration: $1,371,550.00
  5. Engaging Citizens in Government: $704,200.00
  6. Business and Jobs: $260,000.00

Our progressive coalition believes that we need and must fight for more just and strategic spending that supports the community directly. When elected, it will be my duty to propose, lobby, and secure funding for ordinances that uplift the people of District 2 including free bus fare, adult education programs, and initiatives to improve the relationship between law enforcement and our community. And while K-12 education is controlled by the School Board and not the commission, as your commissioner I can and will work together with members of the School Board to advocate for initiatives that support our youth.

List of current plans for spending and ACC departments in charge of these initiatives