Kelly Girtz

Full House for WUGA's Mayoral Debate at Athens Library

Apr 25, 2018
Photo courtesy Chris Shupe

WUGA held a mayoral debate at the Athens Regional Library Tuesday night.

Candidates Richie Knight, Harry Sims, and Kelly Girtz took part in the event which featured questions submitted by WUGA listeners as well as those from a panel of local journalists. William Breeding is a retired educator who attended the debate.

“Well, I think we have three good candidates and regardless of who wins I think we’ll be in pretty good hands from the answers they gave tonight,” according to Breeding.  

Mayoral Candidate Unveils Business Plan for Athens

Apr 9, 2018

Athens mayoral candidate Kelly Girtz has unveiled a five-point business plan for the Classic City. Girtz plans to Create a “one-stop shop” for business permitting, use tax allocation districts to support creation of new development areas, provide funding to expand capacities of existing tech incubator and small business branding efforts, develop an economic strategy to emphasize core strengths and fund efforts to map and improve land available for business development.

Athens Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues

Mar 13, 2018

Three candidates vying to become Athens-Clarke County’s next mayor sought to distance themselves from each other Monday in the campaign’s first public forum.

Richie Knight, Kelly Girtz and Harry Sims faced off at the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Appleton Auditorium, giving brief statements about who they are and why they are running, then answering questions from the audience and from the group that organized the forum, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement.