Melissa Link

Melissa Link, District 3 Commissioner (2014-present)Commissioner Melissa Link, smiling
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 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: Commissioner 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

  • 2019
    Reconsideration of Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
    Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: YES
    FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
    Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
    Expanding ACCPD Vehicle Program: YES
    Adopting the 100% Athens Resolution: YES
    Ending cash bail for local ordinance violations: YES
    Delaying Bike Lanes on Hancock Ave: NO
    Removing Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: YES
    Approving Final SPLOST 2020 List: NO
    (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)