John Culpepper

Commissioner John Culpepper

Commissioner John Culpepper, District 7

2023 – present

Represents all neighborhoods off Timothy Road and the Beechwood neighborhood off Alps Road.

Culpepper’s Facebook page

Culpepper is a small business owner and a lifelong resident of Athens, but does not appear to have any other relevant experience.

This section will be updated with Culpepper’s educational background once it is available.

Primary Ballots: Culpepper almost always takes Republican primary ballots, but not exclusively.
Donations: Culpepper donated $525 to Brian Kemp (R) in 2021, $500 to Houston Gaines (R) in 2020, $750 to Brian Kemp (R) in 2017 / 2018 and $500 to Charlie Bailey (D) in 2018.
Inferred Party: Republican

During the 2022 election, Culpepper was officially “recommended” by Athens Classic, an Athens Clean and Safe PAC partner organization.

Signature Issues

On his 2022 campaign website, Culpepper focused on fighting crime, reducing traffic, investing in infrastructure, preventing homelessness and improving public education in Athens.

Voting Record

Fund the Athens Homeless Coalition / Salvation Army: recusal
Raise the Stormwater Fee: YES
Approve the Leisure Services Master Plan: NO
Regulate Short-Term Rentals: YES
Block Townhomes in Green Acres: absent
Approve Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter: YES
Overturn Restrictions on Public Comment: absent
Fund Athens Achieves: YES
Approve FY 2025 Budget: NO

(More information about 2024 votes.)

Delay Barber Street Improvements: YES
Approve Mall Redevelopment: YES
Restart the Eviction Prevention Program: YES
Recognize the Firefighter’s Union: YES
Approve the FY 2024 Budget: NO, YES
Ban Indoor Vaping: YES
Start Delinquency Prevention Initiative: YES
Place Public Safety Monitor in Auditor’s Office: YES
Accept Affordable Housing Investment Strategy: YES
Accept Plan to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness: YES
Reject Pet Registration: YES
Close First Step Encampment and Extend Hotel Voucher Program: YES

(More information about 2023 votes.)


Culpepper went on Tim Bryant’s radio show in February shortly after he announced that he was running for commission in 2022.

Election Results

2022 Local Election

John Culpepper 55.0%
Allen Jones – 45.0%