Commissioner Tim Denson, District 5
2019 – present
Transit Expansion and Zero-Fare Service: Commissioner Tim Denson has been championing zero-fare bus service since his run for mayor in 2014. It was finally implemented in 2021. As the President of Athens for Everyone, he successfully advocated for Sunday bus service and a route along US-29 (currently in service as route #30).
Criminal Justice Reform: After taking office, one of Denson’s first priorities was pay inmates in the local state prison for their labor. However, this has been blocked by the state government. He was instrumental in the end of cash bail for local ordinances, which happened in Athens in 2019. He also promised a citizen’s “criminal justice task force” during his 2018 campaign (something which is currently in development) and the decriminalization of cannabis, which is being blocked by ACC Solicitor General C. R. Chisholm.
Fighting Poverty: During his 2018 campaign, Denson pledged to “ensure that every Athenian has access to high quality, affordable child care.” He was also a vocal supporter of the Prosperity Package in the FY 2020 county budget.
Civil Rights: As a citizen advocate, Denson was highly involved in the push for a civil rights committee. This body is currently in the early stages of development. He also advocated for comprehensive civil rights legislation for years and by 2021 he was successful in this effort. In 2019, Denson was the primary author of a resolution supporting the Latinx community.