Commissioner Thornton, District 9
2019 – present
Represents North Athens, Pulaski street and Newtown areas.
Resources for District 9: During her 2018 campaign, Commissioner Ovita Thornton advocated for resources and infrastructure for her district. For example, she has pushed for a multi-use path so students living in Pinewoods could walk to JJ Harris elementary, streetlights on Freeman Drive, repairing the North Ave bridge and a park on the north side among other priorities.
Opposition to Stormwater Fee Increases: Thornton has promoted dialog with those at the county stormwater utility to encourage mutual understanding of both the need to manage stormwater and the hardship this fee causes for some taxpayers, in her opinion. She has been an opponent of rate increases.
Fighting Poverty: Thornton was one of the original authors of the “prosperity package“ idea to combat poverty.
Criminal Justice Reform: Commissioner Thornton has promoted record expungement for minor offenses and bail reform efforts.