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Commissioner Allison Wright Will Run for Re-election, Draws Opposition

Allison Wright will run for a third term on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, she announced today.

Wright, a medical illustrator, has represented District 4, the Five Points area, since 2013.

In her announcement, she took partial credit for a number of initiatives during those seven-plus years, including fare-free transit for children, seniors and the disabled; affordable housing; police body cameras; and addressing discrimination at downtown bars.

She said she wants to continue to expand transit, provide training on discrimination and sexual assault to bar employees, and address poverty and the aging population.

“Experience matters as you look where Athens is locally and nationally and the huge projects we have underway,” she said. “From my work on public health and safety and community policing programming, to the beautification of our city, and tackling discrimination, my record is strong. My vision for the future includes partnerships and cooperation.”

Wright will be opposed by Michael Stapor, a 22-year-old University of Georgia graduate. Stapor will make a formal announcement next week, when candidates officially qualify to run for office, according to his campaign manager, Dylan Webber.