Matt Pulver

Matt Pulver

Matt Pulver, former candidate for District 5 Commissioner

Matt Pulver ran for District 5 Commissioner in Athens, Georgia in 2022.

Election Results

2022 Local Election

Dexter Fisher 49.6%
Matt Pulver – 27.2%
Jared Bailey — 23.2%

2022 Runoff Election

Dexter Fisher 66.3%
Matt Pulver – 33.8%

Signature Issues

Pulver’s platform focused on racial justice, economic justice and affordable housing. He believes that the commission has a responsibility to “act reparatively” to help shape the redevelopment of Bethel Midtown Village and surrounding areas in a way that ensures “Black Athens has a place there.”


Pulver is a UGA librarian and writer for the Flagpole (and Athens Politics Nerd on occasion) whose articles often focus on racial justice through a historical lens, but he had never before run for public office.


APN interviewed Matt Pulver on March 1, 2022 about his candidacy for ACC Commissioner.

Pulver went on WUGA in March, 2022:

He also went on Tim Bryant’s radio show:


Pulver was endorsed by State Representative Spencer Frye and ACC Commissioners Mariah Parker, Melissa Link, Russell Edwards, Jesse Houle and Carol Myers.

Political Affiliation

Primary Ballots: Pulver usually takes Democratic ballots, but not exclusively.
Inferred Party: Democrat

The ACC Democratic Party considered Pulver to be a Democrat in good standing.