Commissioner Russell Edwards, District 7
2019 – present
Represents 5-Points, Milledge Circle, S. Milledge, Westview and Riverbend areas.
Fighting the Coronavirus: Edwards has been outspoken about the need to do more to slow the spread of COVID-19, perhaps more than any other commissioner. He has supported mask requirements, shelter-in-place and has urged state-level officials to take action.
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.
Strong Opposition to Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers: Edwards has a strong dislike of gas-powered leaf blowers, which create noise and air pollution. At the March 3, 2020 voting session, he went so far as to call them “distopic” and essentially asked for them to be banned! It seems he is fine with electric leaf blowers, though. In the same speech, he also called for the reduction of plastic waste.