Commissioner-Elect Houle, District 6
Jesse Houle is the Commissioner-Elect for District 6 and also the Operations Manager of Nuçi’s Space, a non-profit focusing on suicide prevention and support for local musicians.
June 9 Election Results and Upcoming Special Election
While Houle (43%) ending up receiving fewer votes on June 9 than did the late Commissioner Jerry NeSmith (57%), they were declared the winner by default after NeSmith’s untimely death just days earlier.
Houle will take office in January. However, a special election is planned for November 3 to fill the remainder of NeSmith’s term, which will only end up being about a month at that point. Nevertheless, Commissioner-Elect Houle has curiously drawn a challenger for this one-month term, making the special election more interesting than it perhaps should be. Houle’s 4-year term as commissioner is secure either way, but their legitimacy may be on the line.
Transforming Athens — Houle has an in-depth platform detailing their plans to move Athens leftward, including living wages for all workers, racial justice, a Green New Deal in Athens, affordable housing, participatory budgeting and more.
Houle had raised $7,526 as of 6/30/29 and ending up owing $123 at the end of their first campaign this year.
Houle has a long history of activism in Athens, including local electoral campaigns and grassroots advocacy. They were the Outreach Coordinator of Athens for Everyone from 2016-2018.
Houle was on Tim Bryant’s radio show on February 19.