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Athens News Matters for March 1, 2023

This week on Athens News Matters:
Early voting is underway for the special election in Athens-Clarke County’s district 2. We’ll meet the candidates – former ACC Commissioner Melissa Link and former school board member Kirrena Gallagher. The residents of the Athens-Clarke County’s District 2 have been without representation on the ACC Commission since late last summer, when then-Commissioner Mariah Parker abruptly resigned their seat.

Losing its commissioner is not the only radical change the district has seen in recent years. After redistricting, it was also radically redrawn by state legislators, giving up much of its traditional East Athens area and now encompassing much to the northern part of intown Athens.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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