Harry Sims is one of the most conservative members of the commission and is running for Mayor of Athens-Clarke County. We have endorsed Sims’ opponent, Kelly Girtz.
Former District 2 Commissioner (1995-2018)
Represents E Broad, Peter Street, Lexington Road and the Ben-Epps airport area.
Professional and Civic Experience
United Way of Northeast Georgia Board of Directors
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Deacon and Trustee of East Friendship Baptist Church
Donations: Donated to Gary Gerrard (R) in 2013.
Inferred Party: Democrat, although a very conservative one.
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.
“I agree with Ms Dickerson. Ain’t nothing in this world free. It’s a cost to somebody. We want people to understand that these things have value.”
Harry Sims, July 19, 2016 Agenda-Setting Session
“In life, young people need to understand that nothing is free. You can pay me now or later, but you’re going to pay. Sometimes we make people think they are entitled to things.”
Harry Sims, August 2, 2016 Voting Session
Progress on Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: YES
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: YES
Delay repaving of Chase Street: YES
Adopt Securus Tech Contract: YES
Allow Food Trucks: YES
Keep Domestic Partnership Benefits: YES
(More information about 2015 votes)
Harry has not yet responded to our questionnaire. Let him know you’re interested in his responses! E-mail him at email@example.com and ask him to respond to the Athens for Everyone 2018 Commissioner Questionnaire. Thanks!