Martin Matheny

Producer/Athens News Matters/Host: All Things Considered, Night Music

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Qualifying for the May 22 primary and non-partisan local elections is underway, and Athens voters can look forward to a very busy campaign season.


A busy first day of candidate qualifying for local races in Athens-Clarke County yesterday, with former ACC Commissioner Harry Sims and current District 9 Commissioner Kelly Girtz both filing paperwork to run for Mayor.


A quiet week of qualifying for Clarke County Board of Education, at least so far.

While competition is high for seats on the ACC Commission, few candidates have qualified to run for Clarke County Board of Education. Incumbent Greg Davis will run again in district 1, while Imani Scott-Blackwell has qualified to run in district 5, a seat currently held by Sarah Ellis, and Lakeisha Gantt has qualified to run in district 7, a seat currently held by Carol Williams. Additionally, incumbent Solicitor General C.R. Chisholm will run for a fourth term.

As candidates qualify for the May 22 primary election, one North Georgia congressman is facing opposition from within his own party.

Incumbent US Representative Jody Hice will face competition in the May 22 Republican primary. Businessman Bradley Griffin has qualified to run against Hice. There is also a contested race on the Democratic side, between teacher Chalis Montgomery and philosophy professor Richard Dien Winfield.

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A local man has announced his intention to run for the District One seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission. 

Patrick Davenport says he will challenge District One Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson in May’s local elections. Davenport says he was born in the district, and is a graduate of Cedar Shoals High School and the University of Georgia. According to Davenport’s website, his priorities include breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing economic growth in Athens. 

The long-time conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will step down in June 2021. Robert Spano has served as music director of the ASO for seventeen years, and in that time has won six Grammy awards with the orchestra, as well as commissioning and premiering numerous new works. His departure from the orchestra coincides with Spano's 20th year as music director of the 73 year old orchestra.