Professional and Civic Experience
Junior League of Athens Advisory Board
Commissioner of District 9 (2007-2018)
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Old Dominion University
Donations: Donated to John Edwards (D) in 2007.
Inferred Party: Democrat
“A new era of equity approaches.”
-Kelly Girtz, at his inauguration
Collaboration: In contrast to his predecessor, Mayor Girtz has committed to working in collaboration with both the commission and concerned residents alike. Items will no longer be blocked from the agenda against the wishes of a majority of commissioners.
3-Point Plan for Affordable Housing: Mayor Girtz ran on plan for affordable housing during his 2018 campaign. It includes a property tax freeze for low-income seniors, significant investment in affordable housing via SPLOST and by using Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) and pursuit of a policy of inclusionary zoning.
100% Renewable Energy: Mayor Girtz signed the Sierra Club Mayor’s 100% Clean Energy Pledge shortly after taking office in 2019. The commission soon followed with their own resolution in support of 100% clean energy.
Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
Redesign the Chase Street Corridor: YES
Update County Anti-Discrimination Policy: YES
Reject Concept Maps for Athens in Motion: NO
Adopt the Athens in Motion plan: YES
Protected Bike Lanes for Barnett Shoals: YES
Delay the Designation of SPLOST Projects: NO
(More information about 2018 votes)
Consultant Selection for Bike / Ped Master Plan: YES
TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
Re-zoning Mitchell Street: NO
(More information about 2017 votes)
Allow Sale of Growlers in Brewpubs: absent
Fare-Free Bus Rides for K-12 Students: YES
Downtown Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Civil Rights Committee: abstain
(More information about 2016 votes)
Remove Wetland Buffers: NO
Award Jail Phone Contract to Securus Tech: absent
Allow Food Trucks: YES
Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
(More information about 2015 votes)