Name: Tim Denson

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Running For: Commission District 5

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.

Yes. I am currently a Committee Member and have been since 2016. I have helped with membership development and candidate recruitment. I also was awarded “Advocate of the Month” by ACCDC in 2015 for the successful campaign to get our transit system running on Sundays.

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.

  • 2004 – volunteered with the John Kerry (D) for President campaign in Florida
  • 2008 – volunteered with the Obama (D) for President campaign (phonebanking)
  • 2014 – I ran for Mayor of ACC on a bold, progressive platform
  • 2014 – I volunteered for Melissa Link’s Commission campaign (canvassing, policy)
  • 2016 – I was part of the Keep Georgia Schools Local coalition working on stopping Amendment 1 (phonebanking, volunteer recruitment, messaging, social media, delivering yard signs, volunteer training)
  • 2017 – I volunteered for Vincent Fort (D) for Mayor of Atlanta (fundraising, phonebanking)
  • 2017 – I volunteered on the Deborah Gonzalez (D) campaign (canvassing, phonebanking, policy)
  • 2017 – I volunteered on the Jonathan Wallace (D) campaign (canvassing)
  • 2017 – I worked with the Committee to pass TSPLOST (I cowrote one of the passing proposals [bus service on US 29], delivered yard signs, phonebanking, canvassing)

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

  • Tim Denson was integral in the campaigns for Sunday Bus Service, Living Wages for Athens-Clarke County Workers, an Athens Civil Rights Committee, and Athens Transit’s move toward hybrid-engine buses. Tim has helped organize and facilitate massive marches, protests, community meetings, and issue discussions, including the What Now? Organize gathering that engaged over 500 attendees from across the state in a proactive discussion following the 2016 election; the Day of Resistance march where nearly 5,000 people took to the streets of Athens; and the Northeast Georgia Healthcare Summit. Tim has worked to influence legislation, as well, successfully advocating against potentially damaging laws and policies like the Athens public curfew law and Georgia’s campus rape bill.

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

  • Occupy Athens (2011-2013) – spotlighting income inequality in Athens; successfully stopped the Public Curfew Ordinance that would have negatively effected the Athens homeless population
  • Occupy Congress (2012) – organizing a massive protest at our Nation’s Capitol & organized meetings between constituents and Georgia Congressmen
  • Georgians for Local Economic Control (GLEC) – advocating for Georgia municipalities to be able to set their own minimum wages
  • Athens for Everyone – cofounded and served as President and Organization Coordinator (2014-2017)
  • Moral Monday Georgia (2015-2016) – I worked on steering committee and was arrested as part of a civil disobedience action demanding the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia
  • Clarke County NAACP – Member since 2016; have helped organize protests
  • Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement – consulted, helped organize actions, policy
  • Athens Immigration Rights Coalition – member and advocate
  • Georgians for a Healthy Future – advocate and lobbying for healthcare access for Georgians

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

  • Facilitating resident engagement with the County Government through active communication, continuation of canvassing, and creation of monthly District 5 Assemblies.
  • Focusing on racial and social justice policies including the creation of an Athens Civil Rights Committee
  • Criminal justice reform package including marijuana decriminalization, cash bail reform, and no longer working with for-profit prison companies.
  • Focusing Economic Development on working-class Athenians through policies such as a fare-free public transit system,.
  • Protecting the environment by having the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035

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

As all good candidates should,

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?

First, we must deal with the underlying causes for these tragedies. We must have healthcare, including mental healthcare, accessible to all. As part of that, we must fight the stigma that surrounds mental health. We must be sure that there is adequate counseling available at all schools and that there is funding and training for teachers and administrators to recognize warning signs and be able to reach out to students and effectively communicate with them.

We also need to shut down loopholes that make it easy for people to get a hold of dangerous weapons so quickly, such as at gun shows. We also need to put in place real universal background checks and waiting periods.

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