Ovita Thornton

Ovita Thornton makes a comment at a commission meeting.

Commissioner Thornton, District 9


Represents North Athens, Pulaski street and Newtown areas.

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

Graduate of Mary McLeod Bethune University.

Party Affiliation
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

  • 2019
    Reconsideration of Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
    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
    Passing Along State Legislative Requests: YES
    Reorganizing Animal Control: YES
    Approving the Neighborhood Leaders program: YES
    (More information about 2019 votes)