Former Commissioner Mariah Parker, District 2
2018 – 2022
Parker represented the E Broad, Peter Street, Lexington Road and Ben-Epps airport areas.
Parker announced their resignation as if it would be effective Wednesday, August 31, 2022, but their resignation was not officially accepted until September 8.
Parker gained national attention on June 5, 2018 when they were sworn-in as commissioner on The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Transparency: Commissioner Mariah Parker was instrumental in moving commission work sessions to City Hall where they could be televised and recorded.
Economic Justice for District 2: During her 2018 campaign, Parker ran on a platform of economic justice. They promised to bring in jobs that pay $15 / hour and to provide start-up capital to local minority-owned businesses. Parker also stated that they would give “economic power back to the East Athens Development Corporation” and invest in jobs skills training programs.
Criminal Justice Reform: Parker pledged to end cash bail, which happened on June 4, 2019. She also promised to “deprioritize marijuana arrests and reduce sentencing for past offenders.” In 2021, Parker spoke out against the drug war and voted not to accept grant money intended to defray the cost of ACCPD’s participation in the Northeast Georgia Drug Task Force.
Parker was on the “Two Broads Talking Politics” podcast on September 25, 2019.