Commissioner John Culpepper, District 7
2023 – present
Represents all neighborhoods off Timothy Road and the Beechwood neighborhood off Alps Road.
On his website, Culpepper issues include crime, traffic, infrastructure, homelessness and improving public education in Athens. Culpepper talks the most about education, but as commissioner, he would have no power over the school system which is under the purview of the Board of Education.
Culpepper’s 2022 opponent, Allen Jones, accused one of the lead organizers of Culpepper’s campaign of homophobia and harassment during the election. Culpepper’s organizer harassed Jones’ partner and said he was going to run both of them out of town. According to Jones, this organizer also posted a video to social media saying that Culpepper was “the only man” in the race. Culpepper has yet to issue a public statement about this incident.
Culpepper went on Tim Bryant’s radio show in February shortly after he announced that he was running for commission in 2022.
2022 Local Election
John Culpepper – 55.0%
Allen Jones – 45.0%