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

  • 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: 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
    (More information about 2020 votes)
  • 2019
    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)