Mariah Parker

Mariah Parker, leaning against the wall

Commissioner Parker, District 2


Represents E Broad, Peter Street, Lexington Road and the Ben-Epps airport area.


Mariah’s Website

Professional and Civic Experience
Graduate TA in the department of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia.

Performs as hip-hop artist Lingua Franca.

BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Modern Languages from Warren Wilson College in 2012.

Master’s in Linguistics from the University of Georgia in 2017.

Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: Mariah Parker takes Democratic primary ballots.

Inferred Party: Democrat.

Signature Policies

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. She promised to bring in jobs that pay $15 / hour and to provide start-up capital to local minority-owned businesses. She also stated that she 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.”

Voting Record

  • 2020
    Accept Agreement with the Classic Center: NO
    Support the Pre-Arrest Diversion Program: YES
    Start a Community Energy Fund: YES
    Declare State of Emergency, Banning Public Gatherings: YES
    Order Athenians to Shelter in Place: YES
    Urge Leniency for Rent and Mortgage Payments: YES
    Refuse to Pay Attorney Bryan Sells: NO
    Move Confederate Monument, Close College Square: YES
    Establish Goal of Reducing Police Funding: YES
    Adopt the FY 2021 Budget: NO
    Make Masks Mandatory: YES
    Resolve that Black lives matter: YES
    Delay BLM resolution: YES
    Start “parklet” pilot program: NO
    (More information about 2020 votes)
  • 2019
    Reconsider Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
    Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: abstain
    FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
    Designate SPLOST Projects: YES
    Expand ACCPD Vehicle Program: YES
    Adopt the 100% Athens Resolution: YES
    End cash bail for local ordinance violations: YES
    Delay Bike Lanes on Hancock Ave: NO
    Remove Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: YES
    Approve Final SPLOST 2020 List: YES
    Pass Along State Legislative Requests: YES
    Reorganize Animal Control: YES
    Approve the Neighborhood Leaders program: YES
    (More information about 2019 votes)

  • 2018
    Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
    Redesign Chase Street Corridor: NO
    Update County Anti-Discrimination Policyy: 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: YES
    (More information about 2018 votes)

  • Interviews

    Parker was on the “Two Broads Talking Politics” podcast on September 25, 2019.