Commissioner Denson, District 5
2019-presentProfessional and Civic Experience
Organizer with the United Campus Workers of Georgia
Vice-Chair of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.
Inferred Party: Democrat
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.
Support the Pre-Arrest Diversion Program: YES
Start a Community Energy Fund: YES
Declare State of Emergency, Banning Public Gatherings: YES
Order Athenians to Shelter in Place: YES
Urge Leniency for Rent and Mortgage Payments: YES
(More information about 2020 votes)
Accept $250,000 Settlement with Taylor Saulters: NO
FY2020 Goals and Objectives:YES
Designate SPLOST Projects: YES
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: YES
Approve Final SPLOST 2020 List: YES
Pass Along State Legislative Requests: YES
Reorganize Animal Control: YES
Approve the Neighborhood Leaders program: YES
(More information about 2019 votes)