ACC Commissioner, District 4
Disappointingly, Allison has not sided with the new slate of progressive commissioners elected in 2018 and often opposed their efforts to make substantive change. She was not present for several important votes, including the one to remove cash bail for violations of local ordinances, so we do not know how she would have voted on them, but objectively, based on her votes in 2019, she would receive a D from us.
This grade feels fair. Allison pushed to make ACC’s ask of the local legislative delegation more conservative, ignoring the fact that pushing for transformative change is crucial. She has focused on process over big ideas, and when she has voted in accordance with our preferences, none of those votes were risky. Allison works hard and she cares about what she does, but we would like to see her stand up for something more important than e-scooter ordinances. The fact that she names those and stricter penalties for alcohol ordinance violations as her two legislative priorities over the next year is extremely concerning.Professional / Civic Experience
CCSD Board of Education (2005-2012)
CCSD SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee
On the Parent Teacher Association at Cleveland Road Elementary School, Barrow Elementary School, and Clarke Middle School
BS, University of Kentucky, Animal Science
Donations: Donated to John Barrow (D) in 2006.
Inferred Party: Democrat
Issues: Affordable Housing
Voted YES on re-zoning Mitchell Street without using the county’s leverage to ask for some affordable units in the new development.
“It was costing more in time and effort to collect from the few students who did pay for [school] lunch, it’s all free in the school district now. Students are using this [Athens Transit] because there aren’t barriers like that. I think it’s important and we should keep going forward with it.”
Allison Wright, July 19th, 2016 Agenda-Setting Session
Granting Taylor Saulters a $250,000 settlement for hitting Timmy Patmon with his car: YES
Changing designated SPLOST projects to include the new judicial center (April 2, 2019): YES
Approving the revised proposal for the Mark’s easement (April 2, 2019): YES
Adopting a resolution 100% renewable energy: YES
Removing cash bail for local ordinances: (not present)
Changing yearly rent for East Athens Development Corporation et al. to $1: (not present)
Resolution in support of Athens’ undocumented community: YES
Approving list of items to present to local legislative delegation (including driver’s licenses for undocumented people, reversal of campus carry, wage increases for USG employees, income cap on HOPE): YES
(More information about 2019 votes)
Moving Work Sessions to City Hall: YES
Redesigning the Chase Street Corridor: YES
Updating County Anti-Discrimination Policy: YES
Reject Concept Maps for Athens in Motion: NO
Athens in Motion plan: YES
Bike Lanes on Barnett Shoals: YES
Delay Designating SPLOST Projects: NO
(More information about 2018 votes)
Progress on Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: absent
TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
Re-zoning Mitchell Street: YES
(More information about 2017 votes)
Complete Streets Improvements for Chase: NO
Allow Sale of Growlers in Brewpubs: YES
Fare-Free Bus Rides for K-12 Students: YES
Bar Admittance and Civil Rights Committee: YES
(More information about 2016 votes)
FY 2016 Budget: YES
Removing Wetland Buffers: NO
Delay repaving of Chase Street: absent
Adopt Securus Tech Contract: YES
Allow Food Trucks: YES
Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
(More information about 2015 votes)
2020 Questionnaire Responses
- Do you support improving and sustaining FY20’s $4 million prosperity package? YES
- Do you support transforming our local EMS and 911 call center to be publicly run? YES
- Do you support marijuana decriminalization? YES
- Do you support advocating for the creation of a workers’ center and investing in political education on labor and worker empowerment? YES
- Do you support DIA and AIRC in their efforts to protect undocumented people? YES
- Do you support establishing a community police advisory board (ACC police killed at least six people in 2019)? YES
“This is under way as 2020 initiative with ACCPD as a citizen oversight initiative”
- Do you support ensuring that ACC does not use unpaid prison labor? YES
“I think those awaiting trial should be in confinement as short of time as possible. Once convicted release dates should be adhered to. Reducing sentence time for work duty is currently done and makes sense to me.”
Q. How do you think ACC should deal with developers, including those who put up large student apartment complexes? Please give specific examples, such as a community benefits program.
A: “I believe we have reached maximum capacity on off campus large student living quarters. If we could end lease-by-bedroom developments and ones with over 4 bathrooms, and 1bedroom:1bathroom ratios. I would favor forbidding them within the Downtown National Historic boundaries.”
Q. What can ACC do to promote affordable housing? What do you think of mixed-use redevelopment? Please give specific examples.
A: “We could have housing stock that is affordable if we would remove the current stipulation that no more that 2 unrelated persons can live within a single family zoned resident. Especially in neighborhoods that are in close proximity to Athens Transit routes. We can address loud and unruly houses in single family areas as problems arise. I believe that residential units should be on the ground floor for handicap accessibility.”
Q: White people still hold a hugely disproportionate amount of economic and social power in Athens-Clarke County. If elected, what will you do to help fight this structural imbalance, increase the economic security of, and ensure the equal treatment of Athenians of color; especially black Athenians who continue to be most targeted by past and present systems of oppression?
A: “I do not believe there is a short answer for this complex issue. I look forward to learning the specifics of structural imbalances that can be legally be addressed from ACCUG. Increased economic security is associated with our improving and increasing private and pubic economic development projects. I want to improve the assess to reporting and follow up on
inequities for Athenians and Athens visitors of color.”
Q. The rates of poverty and income inequality in Athens remain extraordinarily high. What will you do to specifically support low-income and low-wealth Athenians?
A: “Improving residential opportunities like what we have undertaking with transforming Bethel Homes into North Athens revived is a huge step in the right direction. Clarke and Athens Gardens are also neighborhoods that ACCUG can support for improved living environments. Improving our transit routes and frequency to major employers and ATC, all our CCSD schools will be budget priorities.”
Q. How would you grade our current mayor and commission?
A: “Solid B. Of course we have room for improvement but we are moving in the right direction with big strides and huge projects coming into reality in the next 5 years. I believe we have a strong team of elected officials that listen to each other and strive for equitable solutions as we balance staff time on routine topics and tackle progressive improvements for Athens and its residents, workers, and visitors.”
Q. What is your most important policy priority for your first year in office?
A: “Policies coming forward in 2020 that address public right of way use of individual motorized scooters is a health and safety concern across the nation and it is time for us to address it for our community. Stricter penalties for alcohol ordinance violations, adding training and education for those working with alcohol. Addressing Alcohol and substance abuse and supporting rehabilitation and treatment services for all aspects of our community.”
2018 Questionnaire Responses
Allison did not answer our questionnaire in 2018.