Living Wages: Commissioner Patrick Davenport has worked with the Economic Justice Coalition fighting for living wages for many years. He co-founded Peachy Green Clean Co-Op to help provide entry-level living wage jobs in Athens. He is a strong supporter of living wages, but as a commissioner, he faces an uphill battle due to state restrictions on what local governments are allowed to do. In 2021, he worked to help raise wages for all ACC government employees to $15 an hour.
Recycling: As chair of the solid waste advisory committee, Davenport pushed for an expanded recycling program that requires all ACC events to only use recyclable products.
Approve TSPLOST 2023 Project List: YES Appoint Public Safety Oversight Board: YES Approve American Rescue Plan Framework: NO Raise Commissioner Salaries: NO Adopt Inclusionary Zoning Policy: YES Adopt Complete Streets Policy: YES Approve FY 2023 Budget: YES Celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth: YES Approve 1010 Oglethorpe Avenue: NO Begin Prince Avenue Road Diet Pilot: YES Decriminalize Cannabis: YES Approve the 100% Clean Energy Plan: YES Create Homelessness Plan: YES Authorize Eminent Domain for Firefly Trail: NO Change Planning Department Work Plan: YES Recognize Firefighters’ Union: NO Allow Accessory Dwelling Units: NO Keep Three Lanes on Prince Avenue: YES
Approve Apartments Near Airport: YES 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: NO Delay Project Reset: YES Approve FY 2022 Budget: YES Approve Official Homeless Camp: NO Establish Local Anti-Discrimination Protections: YES Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for ACC Gov Employees: YES Install Downtown Public Restroom: YES Fund Non-Police Crisis Response Team: YES Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day: YES Approve AFDC to Run Eviction Prevention Program: YES Establish a Law Enforcement Oversight Board: YES Establish a Human Relations Commission: YES Accept JAG grant: YES Approve New Commission Districts: YES
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: NO Ban rentable scooters: YES Establish West Downtown Historic District: NO (More information about 2020 votes)
Reconsideration of Designating SPLOST Projects: YES Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: NO 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: NO 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: NO (More information about 2019 votes)
APN interviewed Davenport during this 2022 re-election campaign (above), and he also went on Tim Bryant’s radio show: