Ovita Thornton

Ovita Thornton makes a comment at a commission meeting.Commissioner Thornton, District 9

2019 – present

Represents North Athens, Pulaski street and Newtown areas.

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ACC Board of Education Member, 2002 – 2018
Board Member, Economic Justice Coalition
Executive Director, Georgia Clients Council

Graduate of Mary McLeod Bethune University.

Primary Ballots: Ovita Thornton almost always takes Democratic primary ballots.
Official member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.

Inferred Party: Democrat

Signature Policies

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.

Voting Record

Approve Apartments Near Airport: NO
Give Public Land for a New Parking Deck: NO
Approve Apartments off Lexington Road: NO
Approve Taser Contract: YES
Approve Linnentown Resolution: YES
Extend the Firefly Trail on original route: NO
Fund Athens Eats Together: YES
Delay Project Reset: YES
Approve FY 2022 Budget: NO
Approve Official Homeless Camp: NO
Establish Local Anti-Discrimination Protections: YES
Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for ACC Gov Employees: YES

(More information about 2021 votes.)

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: NO
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
Ban rentable scooters: YES
Establish West Downtown Historic District: NO
(More information about 2020 votes)

Reconsider Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: YES
FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
Designate SPLOST Projects: NO on the judicial center, YES on the rest
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)

Election Results

2018 Local Election
Ovita Thornton62.6%
Tommy Valentine – 36.9%