Name: Tony Eubanks

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Running For: Commission District 3

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

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

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

Most recently I’ve served at Mayor Denson’s pleasure on the ACC Bike/Ped Master Plan Citizens Advisory Committee and as founder and Steering Committee member of Complete Streets Athens. A more complete listing can be found on my website.

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

My goal as commissioner is to create an environment that allows all Athenians to live full, rich lives; where the opportunities available to one are available to all.

I believe that by addressing transportation, affordable housing, and improving our mechanisms for public participation in the political process, we can make substantial progress towards minimizing inequalities among the citizens of Athens-Clarke County (A-CC). I would also like to improve transparency with regards to SPLOST funds and, while the horse has pretty much left the barn, we need to talk about the proliferation of high-end rental housing downtown.

Affordable Housing: The lack of affordable housing options ultimately affects us all. For children, a lack of housing stability has been shown to negatively affect student performance, creating problems with long-lasting consequences. When our public employees can’t afford to live in the town they serve, we lose an important aspect of community. Cities all over the US face many of the same issues and there is no easy fix. But we must get everyone engaged to find workable solutions. I propose a housing task force comprised of commissioners, staff, real estate and development professionals, affordable housing advocates and residents to address the affordable housing issue. Everybody must be represented at the table, with no preconceived notions of “the” solution.

Public Participation: Currently, there are limited opportunities for public comment before the commission, and most come late in the process. By this point, the time and effort already invested by commissioners and staff leaves the commission less receptive to ideas they may not have considered and the public less trusting that they were actually heard. The key to building trust and inclusiveness between our local government and its citizens is a transparent process which allows opportunity for all who are interested to share their perspective publicly before commissioners have settled on a position.

For the past 18 months, I have had the opportunity to play a major role in bringing a level of trust, transparency and consensus to what could be a transformative process for Athens-Clarke County – Athens in Motion – the Bike/Ped Master Plan.

As a commissioner, I would expand on that experience by advocating for a committee system for major issues. Think of this as public hearings wherein two or more commissioners, with staff support and a broad cross-section of affected parties, come to the table, in public, with a blank slate to define the problem/issue and explore potential solutions.

I have no illusion that implementing such a process will be easy, but I am certain that many presently feel left out of the process, or that for many, a lack of transparency diminishes trust in the process. Something needs to change.

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? No

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?

arming teachers is certainly the worst idea ever.

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