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 website
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 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.

Voting Record

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

(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%