Knowa Johnson

Knowa JohnsonCandidate for Commission, District 10
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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 
  • Do you support ensuring that ACC does not use unpaid prison labor? YES

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 moved here with my family 8yrs ago and have seen a drastic change to the downtown district in the last 6 years. I would like there to be set asides for minority businesses and more citizen input before developers are approved for breaking ground.”

Q. What can ACC do to promote affordable housing? What do you think of mixed-use redevelopment? Please give specific examples.

A: “I have experienced not being able to find affordable housing in town and fear that it is only getting worse. I would like to see this prioritized and feel somewhat confident with mixed used redevelopment as long as there is transparency and the residents are at the table.”

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 think more education is needed in minority communities on the importance of staying engaged politically. I also know that the local government should go out of the way to included those likely to not be involved due to unjust historical reasons no one should except or ignore.”

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: “Beside fighting for new laws and policies to better protect their interests I think there are a lot of programs and resource available that are unknown to our residents who need them the most. I will continue help by first listening and then executing and implementation.”

Q. How would you grade our current mayor and commission?

A: “I think they are good individuals. A few are seriously for the people and a few seem to have affiliation with a network that is trying to control how everything worth controlling is utilized and divided.”

Q. What is your most important policy priority for your first year in office?

A: “While affordable ‘Houses’ is near and dear to heart, I also want to hear more from the good people in district 10.”