Melissa Link

Commissioner Melissa Link, smiling

Commissioner Link, District 3

2014-present

Represents Boulevard, Cobbham, Downtown, Rocksprings and Newton Bridge Road areas.

706-372-3382
melissa.link@accgov.com
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Professional and Civic Experience
Managing Editor of Ethics & the Environment, UGA Department of Philosophy
Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (2011-2014)
Board of Directors, Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Advertorial Editor, Athens Banner-Herald (2000-02)
Writer, Calendar Editor, Flagpole magazine (1997-2000)
Boulevard Neighborhood Association (steering committee, Preservation/Environment chair)
Education
East Carolina University, BA in Writing and Art History
Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: Melissa Link almost exclusively takes Democratic primary ballots.
Donations: Donated to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary of 2016.

Official member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.

Inferred Party: Democrat

Signature Policies

Downtown Design Guidelines: During Nancy Denson’s tenure as mayor from 2010-2018, the Athens skyline saw significant change, especially downtown. Commissioner Melissa Link urged the adoption of design guidelines to help shape the look and feel of Athens new buildings. She was unsuccessful during that period, and still holds it as a legislative priority.

Affordable Housing: As a citizen advocate and after election as commissioner, Link has been active in fighting against large development projects and also for historical preservation. She has pushed strongly for an inclusionary zoning policy over the years to require that each new development have some below-market units.

Environmental Advocacy: Link has been a consistent advocate for renewable energy, such as the solar array at the Cedar Creek Water Treatment plant, and for banning plastic bags and styrofoam.

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: YES
    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: YES
    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: NO
    Pass Along State Legislative Requests: YES
    Reorganize Animal Control: YES
    Approve the Neighborhood Leaders program: YES
    (More information about 2019 votes)
  • 2018
    Fund Cedar Creek Solar Array: YES
    Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
    Redesign Chase Street Corridor: NO
    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 SPLOST Projects: YES
    (More information about 2018 votes)
  • 2017
    Temporary Halt to Downtown Development: YES
    Consultant Selection for Bike / Ped Master Plan: YES
    TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
    Re-zoning Mitchell Street: NO
    (More information about 2017 votes)
  • 2016
    “Road Diet” for Chase Street: YES
    Allow Sale of Growlers in Brewpubs: YES
    Fare-Free Bus Rides for K-12 Students: YES
    Downtown Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and Civil Rights Committee: abstain
    (More information about 2016 votes)
  • 2015
    Allow Backyard Chickens: YES
    Remove Wetland Buffers: NO
    Award Jail Phone Contract to Securus Tech: NO
    Allow Food Trucks: YES
    Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
    (More information about 2015 votes)