Tim Denson

Tim DensonTim Denson, member of the ACC Board of Education for District 5

2023 – present

Tim Denson represents Homewood Hills, Boulevard, Forest Heights and Moss Side neighborhoods in Athens, Georgia on the ACC Board of Education.

(762) 499-4544
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Denson is the former President and Organization Coordinator of Athens for Everyone, a progressive advocacy group, and had worked as a union organizer with the United Campus Workers of Georgia. Denson served as ACC Commissioner from District 5 from 2019 – 2022.

Tim Denson graduated from Edison College in 2003.

Primary Ballots: Denson usually takes Democratic primary ballots, but not exclusively.
Denson is Chair of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee.

Inferred Party: Democrat

Signature Policies

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 to pay inmates in the 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. The prosperity package ended up being used primarily for relief funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Denson has continued to advocate for affordable childcare, progress has been slow.

Civil Rights: As a citizen advocate, Denson was highly involved in the push for a civil rights committee. This effort finally succeeded in 2021. He also advocated for comprehensive civil rights legislation for years and by 2021 he was successful. In 2019, Denson was the primary author of a resolution supporting the Latinx community.

Voting Record

Approve TSPLOST 2023 Project List: YES
Appoint Public Safety Oversight Board: YES
Approve American Rescue Plan Framework: YES
Raise Commissioner Salaries: YES
Adopt Inclusionary Zoning Policy: YES
Adopt Complete Streets Policy: YES
Approve FY 2023 Budget: YES
Celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth: YES
Approve 1010 Oglethorpe Avenue: YES
Begin Prince Avenue Road Diet Pilot: YES
Decriminalize Cannabis: YES
Approve the 100% Clean Energy Plan: YES
Create Homelessness Plan: YES
Authorize Eminent Domain for Firefly Trail: YES
Change Planning Department Work Plan: YES
Recognize Firefighters’ Union: YES
Allow Accessory Dwelling Units: YES
Keep Three Lanes on Prince Avenue: YES

(More information about 2022 votes.)

Approve Apartments Near Airport: YES
Give Public Land for a New Parking Deck: YES
Approve Apartments off Lexington Road: YES
Approve Taser Contract: YES
Approve Linnentown Resolution: YES
Extend the Firefly Trail on original route: YES
Fund Athens Eats Together: YES
Delay Project Reset: NO
Approve FY 2022 Budget: YES
Approve Official Homeless Camp: YES
Establish Local Anti-Discrimination Protections: YES
Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for ACC Gov Employees: YES
Install Downtown Public Restroom: YES
Fund Non-Police Crisis Response Team: YES
Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day: YES
Approve AFDC to Run Eviction Prevention Program: YES
Establish a Law Enforcement Oversight Board: YES
Establish a Human Relations Commission: YES
Accept JAG Grant: YES
Approve New Commission Districts: YES

(More information about 2021 votes.)

Accept Agreement with the Classic Center: YES
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
Refuse to Pay Attorney Bryan Sells: NO
Move Confederate Monument, Close College Square: YES
Establish Goal of Reducing Police Funding: YES
Adopt the FY 2021 Budget: NO
Make Masks Mandatory: YES
Resolve that Black lives matter: YES
Delay BLM resolution: YES
Start “parklet” pilot program: NO
Ban rentable scooters: YES
Establish West Downtown Historic District: YES
(More information about 2020 votes)

Reconsider Designating SPLOST Projects: YES
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)


Denson was also on Tim Bryant’s radio show in March to talk about his run for school board.

Election Results

Tim Denson 75.8%
Bernard Anderson – 24.3%

Tim Denson51.8%
Jared Bailey (incumbent) — 24.5%
Danielle Benson – 23.5%