Russell Edwards

Russell Edwards, headshot, smiling at the cameraCommissioner Edwards, District 7


Represents 5-Points, Milledge Circle, S. Milledge, Westview and Riverbend areas.
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Former Treasurer of the Downtown Athens Business Association
Vice Chair of Athens-Clarke County Citizen Advocacy
Founder of People for a Better Athens
Former Chair of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee

Graduated from University of North Carolina-Asheville and UGA School of Law

Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: Russell Edwards exclusively takes Democratic primary ballots.
Donations: Donated to Jim Martin (D) for US Senate in 2008, Roy Barnes (D) for Governor in 2010, Deborah Gonzalez (D) and Jonathan Wallace (D) for State House in 2018.
Ran for Office: Ran for US House, District 10 as a Democrat in 2010.

Official member of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.

Inferred Party: Democrat

Signature Policies

A Family-Friendly Athens: During his 2018 campaign, Commissioner Russell Edwards’ main campaign promise was to make Athens a safer place for people of all ages. For example, pedestrian and bicyclist safety was a top priority of his during the FY 2020 budget negotiations with his fellow commissioners. He was successful at securing infrastructure to improve safety for those walking and biking along Riverbend Parkway, for example. He was also an advocate for moving our city’s firework display on 4th of July to downtown, to give families something they could do together in that area of town.

Tax Reform: Edwards has vocally supported freezing property taxes for those living on fixed incomes.

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: YES
    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: NO
    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)