Mike Hamby

Commissioner Mike Hamby makes a comment at a commission meeting.

Commissioner Hamby, District 10


Represents Timothy Road, Kingswood, Epps Bridge and Atlanta Highway areas.

Mike Hamby’s website Professional and Civic Experience

Owner of “a small office cleaning business.”
Publisher, Athens Believer magazine
Sales and management, Northeast Sales Distributing
Financial Advisor, J.C. Bradford
Master’s degree in Instructional Design, UGA
Undergraduate degree, Social Sciences Education, UGA
Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: Mike Hamby usually takes Democratic primary ballots, but not exclusively.
Previous Races: Ran for Mayor as a Republican in 1994.
Donations: Donated to Douglas Haines (D) in 2003, Russell Edwards (D) in 2010, Houston Gaines (R) in 2017 and Charlie Bailey (D) in 2018.
Fundraising: On the fundraising committee of Houston Gaines (R) in 2017.
Inferred Party:
Seems to have switched from a Republican when he was young to a Democrat now.

Signature Policies

Fighting Poverty: Commissioner Mike Hamby was one of the original authors of the prosperity package idea to combat poverty.

Workforce and Economic Development: Hamby has supported business development, job training initiatives and also supports incentives for businesses to hire locally.

Gateway Beautification: Hamby encouraged the use of TSPLOST funds for infrastructure improvements and beautification for the “gateways” to Athens (for example, Prince Avenue, Lexington Road and other points of entry).


Voting Record

  • 2020
    Accept Agreement with the Classic Center: YES
    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: NO
    Adopt the FY 2021 Budget: YES
    Make Masks Mandatory: YES
    Resolve that Black lives matter: YES
    Delay BLM resolution: NO
    Start “parklet” pilot program: YES
    (More information about 2020 votes)
  • 2019
    Reconsider Designation of 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: YES
    Remove Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: NO
    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
    Fund Cedar Creek Solar Array: absent
    Move Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
    Redesign the Chase Street Corridor: YES
    Update County Anti-Discrimination Policy: YES
    Reject Concept Maps for Athens in Motion: YES
    Adopt the Athens in Motion plan: YES
    Protected Bike Lanes for Barnett Shoals: NO
    Delay the Designation of SPLOST Projects: NO
    (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-zone Mitchell Street:YES
    (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: YES
    (More information about 2016 votes)
  • 2015
    Allow Backyard Chickens: YES
    Remove Wetland Buffers: YES
    Delay repaving of Chase Street: YES
    Award Jail Phone Contract to Securus Tech: YES
    Allow Food Trucks: YES
    Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
    (More information about 2015 votes)