Commissioner Allison Wright, District 4
2013 – present
Represents areas surrounding UGA and West Hancock Avenue.
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Plastic Bag Ban or Fee: Commissioner Allison Wright has been active in pushing for a fee on single-use plastic bags. This will reduce plastic waste in our oceans. It would also save Athens-Clarke County money by reducing waste in the landfill, but the ordinance remains tied-up in committee.
Public Safety and Fighting Discrimination: As a budget priority, Wright has pushed for increasing the pay of police officers to increase retention and avoid the expense of re-hiring and re-training new officers. She also supported Athens’ anti-discrimination ordinance, which passed in 2021, and has expressed interest in repealing the single-family ordinance, which has yet to make it on a commission agenda.
The Gerrymandering of Athens: Wright encouraged the Republican-controlled state legislature to gerrymander Athens’ commission districts in 2022 when she voted against the approval of a Board of Elections-endorsed redistricting map. She was informed several times about the consequences of this decision, including once just before the vote by Manager Blaine Williams. The Republican plan to gerrymander Athens removes three commissioners from office by fiat and puts over half of Athens voters in a different district just months before the May 2022 local election.
The ACC Democratic party censured Wright over this incident, saying that she has enabled Republicans to undermine democracy locally.