The Right Experience, Passion, and Politics to make Athens a Better Community Ovita Thornton has 35-plus years of public service to the Athens community, a strong platform advocating for all Athenians and a proven track record of progressive politics on the CCSD Board of Education. Athens for Everyone is proud […]

A4E endorses Ovita Thornton for Commission

When Kelly Girtz launched his campaign for mayor on the lawn outside the Lyndon House Arts Center, he started by acknowledging the people who’d been kicked off the land nearby. The government forcibly removed first the Creek Indians and later did the same to working-class African-Americans. Athenians love to talk […]

A4E endorses Kelly Girtz for Mayor of Athens

May 22nd is election day! It is the general election for local offices and the primary for statewide races. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the sample ballot before you go vote. In Georgia, we have open primaries, meaning anyone may select any party’s ballot. We have the Democrat, […]

Sample Ballot, May 22, 2018

Patrick for District 1 and a Commission for Everyone Athens has private man-made rivers for temporary residents, but not public sidewalks for those building a life here. Some of us live in ornate mansions, and others can’t afford to escape the moldy apartments our slumlords won’t fix. Some come to […]

A4E endorses Patrick Davenport for District 1

Athens for Everyone sent a questionnaire about local issues on our 2017 Platform to all candidates for mayor and commission in all districts across Athens. We have published their responses here, unedited and in-full. Any candidate who has not yet responded is free to do so at any time and […]

2018 Local Candidate Questionnaires

It’s time to tell our legislators we oppose any bill that makes it harder for Georgians to elect their own leaders. SB 363 has already passed the Georgia senate (where our local senator Bill Cowsert co-sponsored it!). Now it’s in the house. Deborah Gonzalez (D-117), Spencer Frye (D-118) and Jonathan […]

Action Alert: Stop Voter Suppression

Athens for Everyone is proud to announce our endorsement of Dr. Tawana Mattox for District 9 of the Clarke County Board of Education. Dr. Mattox possesses a skill set that weaves together a strong background in education, a deep connection with the community and extensive experience advocating for parents and […]

A4E Endorses Dr. Tawana Mattox for School Board

Let’s keep Melissa’s progressive momentum going! Since taking office in 2014, no one has done more to shake up the Athens-Clarke County Commission than Melissa Link. Melissa does not stay quiet when she sees something in the community that needs attention. This is what makes Melissa stand out from the […]

A4E endorses Commissioner Melissa Link for District 3

LaKeisha Gantt for Board of Education District 7 A true community school is one that brings together parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and students to ensure that the school system is one that works equitably for all kids. The problems of disproportionate discipline practices, lack of trust between teachers and […]

A4E endorses LaKeisha Gantt for School Board