Dozens of supporters poured into Bishop Park this past Sunday to attend the Tim Denson Campaign Kickoff. They were there to hear Tim Denson roll out his campaign for Athens-Clarke County Commission and present his vision for Athens and District 5. The environment for the kickoff was positive and optimistic, full of fellowship, music, food, and games.
Campaign Manager Briana Bivens got the Campaign Kickoff started by speaking about why she joined the Tim Denson for Athens campaign and how she and Tim share a vision for combining electoral politics with the spirit of community organizing. “We are building a campaign with a strong ground game so that we can talk to voters about these bold issues! We will need volunteers and we will need your help to raise the money needed!” (DONATE HERE!)
Then Briana introduced a few speakers who would focus on some of the important issues Athens faces that are priorities to Tim.
Linda Lloyd, of the Economic Justice Coalition, spoke about the need to fight poverty and push for living wages. “I’m sad that we have a community that doesn’t realize that we can’t continue to just spend money on buildings and such”, Ms. Lloyd said. “We have to be spending money on the people!”
“We have to be spending money on the people!” – Linda Lloyd
Next, Elena Hall, a sophomore at Clarke Central High School and student advocate, spoke about the Athens Youth Council.“Too many youth today are disaffected about politics or don’t know how to get involved in the government that makes decisions everyday that affect them. That is why we are launching the Athens Youth Council, aimed at getting youth involved in the political process and amplifying the voices of young people in local government!”
“We are launching the Athens Youth Council, aimed at getting youth involved in the political process and amplifying the voices of young people in local government!” – Elena Hall
Tim then addressed the crowd and spoke sincerely about the changes he would work for as County Commissioner for District 5. “We can no longer accept a County Commission that does not prioritize the needs of low-wealth Athenians, that 1/3 of our community under the poverty line. We can no longer accept a County Commission that does not prioritize the needs and issues of black Athenians, who have had their political and economic power stripped away from them for so long. We can no longer have a County Commission that does not prioritize affordable housing, and doesn’t prioritize the needs of minority groups who have been silenced for so long. It doesn’t have to be this way”, Denson said. “We can change this. I will fight for you in City Hall if you will elect me.”
“I am campaigning on the idea of an Open-Door Democracy. I will work with the people to research and draft policy. I will work with the people to advocate for that policy. I will work with the people to pass policy that will help make Athens a community that works for everyone!” – Tim Denson
To cheers of “Our Town! Our Time!”, Tim and Briana wrapped up the Campaign Kickoff by announcing the first volunteer canvassing event on Sunday the 24th at 3pm (starting at Bishop Park). Rest of the afternoon was filled with fellowship, food, and games. A great opportunity for people to become further inspired in building an Athens that works for everyone! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event a success! If you would like to volunteer, please do so here.