Kelly Girtz, Mayor of Athens, Georgia
2019 – present
“A new era of equity approaches.”
-Kelly Girtz, at his inauguration
Girtz has announced that he is seeking re-election. You can view Girtz’s 2022 platform on his website.
APN wrote an article on Girtz’s campaign for re-election that was published in the Flagpole.
3-Point Plan for Affordable Housing: Girtz ran on a 3-point plan for affordable housing during his 2018 campaign. It included: 1) a property tax freeze for low-income seniors, 2) significant investment in affordable housing via SPLOST and Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) and 3) pursuing a policy of inclusionary zoning.
100% Renewable Energy: 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.
Collaboration: In contrast to his predecessor, Mayor Nancy Denson, Girtz has committed to working in collaboration with both the commission and concerned residents alike. Items have no longer been blocked from the agenda against the wishes of a majority of commissioners.
The ACC Democratic party has endorsed Girtz for re-election.
2018 Local Election
Kelly Girtz – 60.2%
Harry Sims – 30.3%
Richie Knight — 9.2%