Commissioner Mike Hamby, District 10
2009 – present
Represents the 5-Points area.
Mike Hamby’s website
Budget Control: Mike Hamby is one of Athens’ most experienced and powerful local lawmakers who is typically prominent during budget discussions. Indeed, whenever a pot of money is in need of distribution, Hamby will be there making his voice heard, sometimes even drafting multi-million dollar compromises on the fly in the commission chamber.
Workforce and Economic Development: Hamby has supported business development, job training initiatives and also supports incentives for businesses to hire locally.
The Gerrymandering of Athens: Hamby encouraged the Republican-controlled state legislature to gerrymander Athens’ commission districts in 2022 when he voted against the approval of a Board of Elections-endorsed redistricting map. He was informed several times about the consequences of this decision, including once just before the vote by Manager Blaine Williams. The Republican plan to gerrymander Athens removed three commissioners from office by fiat and put over half of Athens voters in a different district months before the May 2022 local election.
APN has found through open records request that Hamby made four calls to Athens’ Republican state delegation on January 6, the day the Republican commission redistricting map was released. Based on Senator Bill Cowsert’s comments on Tim Bryant’s radio show on January 7, these calls were likely made to thank the Republican delegation for the gerrymandered maps.
The ACC Democratic party has censured Hamby over this incident, saying that he enabled Republicans to undermine democracy locally.