Harry Sims

Former District 2 Commissioner (1995-2018)
Represents E Broad, Peter Street, Lexington Road and the Ben-Epps airport area.


Professional and Civic Experience
Retired fifth grade teacher at Barrow Elementary School (29 years)
United Way of Northeast Georgia Board of Directors
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Deacon and Trustee of East Friendship Baptist Church

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the UGA

Party Affiliation
Primary Ballots: Exclusively takes Democratic primary ballots.
Donations: Donated to Gary Gerrard (R) in 2013.

Inferred Party: Democrat, although a very conservative one.

red x  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.


red x  Issues: Fare-Free Transit for K-12 students

“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


Voting Record

  • 2017
    Moratorium on Downtown Development: YES
    Progress on Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: YES
    TSPLOST project list and referendum: YES
    Re-zoning Mitchell Street: YES
    (More information about 2017 votes)

  • 2016
    Apply for ‘Go Transit’ grant funding: YES
    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)

  • 2015
    Pro-Chicken: NO
    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)

  • Questionnaire Responses

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