Name: Russell Edwards

Email Address:

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.

I’ve been a member of the ACCDC since 2017 and have been active ever since. I organized debate watch parties and canvassing for Obama. Ran for US House in 2010. Served as Vice Chair for Special Projects and most recently as Chair.

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.

  • Howard Dean, field organizer.
  • Barack Obama, field organizer.
  • Jonathan Wallace, field organizer.
  • Spencer Frye, field organizer.

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

My specialty is fundraising and field organizing. I worked very hard to elect Jonathan Wallace and Deborah Gonzalez.

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

  • Athens Latino Center for Education and Services
  • Athens-Clarke Citizen Advocacy

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

More priorities will be working to create pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, stream-lined historic preservation processes, and continuing to push for an Athens that is more family-friendly with a focus on developing infrastructure that serves children and seniors.

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

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?

Make it harder for people to gain access to assault weapons. There are too many guns on the streets.

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