Ovita Thornton, District 9 Commissioner (2019-present)
Represents North Athens, Pulaski street and Newtown areas.
Board Member, Economic Justice Coalition
Executive Director, Georgia Clients Council
Official member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.
Inferred Party: Democrat
Resources for District 9: During her 2018 campaign, Commissioner 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.
Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: YES
FY2020 Goals and Objectives: YES
Designating SPLOST Projects: NO on the judicial center, YES on the rest
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: YES
Removing Mention of Classic Center Arena from SPLOST 2020: NO
Approving Final SPLOST 2020 List: YES
(More information about 2019 votes)