Name: Carl Ashton Blount

Email Address: carl@carlblount.com

Running For: Commission District 7

Are you a Democrat? Yes

If elected, will you work to enact the ACCDC platform? (Attached in the email we sent you.) Yes

Have you ever been a member of the ACCDC? If you have, please indicate your years of service and describe your work with the ACCDC. No

Please list all campaigns you have worked on, regardless of party affiliation, in either a volunteer or staff member capacity, on either the federal, state, or local level, and briefly describe your work on each. N/A

Please describe any work you have done in your community, either in Athens-Clarke County or elsewhere, in support of progressive causes.

None that I would consider clearly progressive

Please list organizations and/or causes you have been involved with in any kind of substantial way.

  • The Athens Rotary Club
  • Athens Little League
  • Lead Athens
  • Lead Athens Alumni Association
  • the Georgia Green Industry Association
  • the Athens Area Homebuilders Association
  • First United Methodist Church Basketball
  • Lockerly Arboretum

If elected, what will be your policy priorities? Please describe 3 – 5 priorities.

1. Working to Reduce Poverty in Athens
We need more opportunities and innovative thinking to tackle poverty in Clarke County. My goal will be to lead and unite the community against poverty by strengthening and establishing partnerships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

2. Fighting for High-Paying Jobs
As a small business owner, I will work to ensure that Athens is welcoming to new businesses that provide high-paying, quality jobs. I will also work with our local small business owners in Athens to help them expand and create new employment opportunities in our community.

3. Improving Our Education System
I will be a voice for our children on the Commission. As a father of two in the public schools, I know the importance and value of improving our public education system. I will work with the School Board to find solutions to continue raising our standards and be a champion for our students.

4. Ensuring Historic Preservation In Our Neighborhoods
Our neighborhoods are special, and it’s important that we preserve the culture and feel of Athens. I will be a listening ear on the commission who works with all sides in a transparent way to ensure our neighborhoods are protected.

Does your campaign have a platform? If so, please include a link here. See question above

Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour? Yes

Do you support making it easier for workers to organize and join unions? Yes

Will you support policies aimed at increasing the stock of affordable housing in in-town neighborhoods and making home-ownership more possible for ACC’s low-income residents? Yes

Would you support initiatives to help keep longtime Athens residents in their homes — people who are in danger of being pushed out of their neighborhoods by gentrification and rising taxes? Yes

Do you support equal pay for equal work for women? Yes

Should marijuana should be removed from the list of “Schedule 1” federal controlled substances? Yes

Should local law enforcement agencies be required to assist federal immigration law enforcement agencies with deportations? No

Should military-style weapons be accessible to civilians? No

Do you support repealing the Campus Carry law? Yes

Do you support incentivizing investments in clean energy and ending tax breaks and other perks for fossil fuel companies? Yes

Do you support increasing protections for wetlands buffers to help keep our waterways uncontaminated? Yes

Do you support comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in ACC? Yes

Should it be illegal for public businesses and institutions to discriminate against LBGTQ people? Yes

Do you support the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia? Yes

Do you support the goal of Universal healthcare – healthcare as a fundamental human right for every American? Yes

Should all state education funds should be directed to public schools? Yes

What are your thoughts about how to secure safe schools for all students?

It is unfortunate that this is a reality for our education system. As someone with two children in the Athens-Clarke County public school system it is a matter very important to me. I feel the best solutions for addressing this issue involve having school resource officers at all public schools; repealing campus carry; and other sensible gun control measures.

Do you support the current Teacher Retirement System of Georgia? Yes

Should legislation requiring electoral districts be drawn by an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission? Yes

Do you support restoring the full protections of the Voters Rights Act? Yes