Commissioner Tim Denson, District 5
2019 – present
Transit Expansion and Fare-Free Service: Commissioner Tim Denson has been advocating for fare-free bus service since his run for mayor in 2014. As the President of Athens for Everyone, he successfully pushed for Sunday bus service, and a route along US-29.
Criminal Justice Reform: After taking office, one of Denson’s first priorities was pay inmates in the local state prison for their labor. He was instrumental in the end of cash bail for local ordinances, which happened in Athens on June 4, 2019. He also promised a citizen’s “criminal justice task force” during his 2018 campaign and the decriminalization of cannabis.
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 was formed by the local government in 2019. As commissioner, he has been pushing for comprehensive civil rights legislation in areas such as housing, employment and public accommodations. Denson also was the primary author of a resolution supporting the Latinx community.