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Athens rulers discuss their New Year’s resolutions

As 2021 draws to a close and 2022 begins, Athens rulers are setting their goals and resolutions for the New Year. Here are the resolutions of ten leaders or officials of Athens.

David Bradley, President and CEO of the Athens Regional Chamber of Commerce

“My resolution is to become a better listener. The 5th Custom in Steven Covey’s book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ is ‘Seek first to understand, then to be understood.’ Our world has become so politically polarized. We / I spend so much time shouting about what we / I think or feel. I can be a more engaged father, husband, friend, employer, employee and Athenian if I spend more time listening and less time talking. “

Julie Carter, Vice President of Mission Services, St. Mary’s Health System

“Remember that the whole world is understaffed and be patient and grateful to all who keep coming forward – especially all the healthcare providers who take good care of us!

Dr Andrea Daniel, President of the Technical College of Athens

“My resolution is to help students achieve more success in their education and careers, whether in our high school equivalency courses, dual enrollment, technical education, or continuing education. I want our college helps our community make their New Year’s Resolutions, whether it’s learning a new skill, changing careers, or graduating. We have plenty of low-cost and no-cost opportunities as well as scholarships to help students achieve their goals . “

Tim Denson, Athens-Clarke County District 5 Commissioner

“For 2022, my New Year’s resolution is for Athens to have a period of healing. Healing literally, by healing our community from the Covid-19 pandemic. It can be done by getting vaccinated and taking action. , such as wearing masks and avoiding crowded indoor spaces, to slow the spread of this deadly virus. We also need to focus on taking care of the mental health of our residents, which has also been greatly affected by this pandemic. Healing also figuratively by working to heal the wounds of our community. Increasing the affordable housing stock in Athens to help those who lack housing and find it difficult to pay for unaffordable housing. Ensure that our justice system and public safety interventions work for everyone, including black and brown residents. Stop and reverse the damage that climate change is doing t pollution have caused our community Cure the distrust and apathy that some residents have towards our local government by being more responsive, engaging and transparent. The responsibility to care for and heal our community rests with all of us, but especially with elected leaders. I promise to do my part in 2022! “

Houston Gaines, Georgia State Representative for House District 117

“In 2022, I decide to do my best to live by the motto of the late Great Senator Johnny Isakson: ‘There are two types of people in this world: friends and future friends.'”

Kelly Girtz, Mayor of Athens-Clarke County

“I look to spend 2022 taking inspiration from the inspiration that encourages kindness, empathy, and understanding, and bringing that spirit back to everyone I meet.”

Jesse Houle, Athens-Clarke County District 6 Commissioner

“My committee’s New Year’s resolution for 2022 is to remain steadfast in working for a more peaceful and just society by honoring people and the planet before profit, decriminalizing human beings and fighting for the abolition of the prison.”

Mokah Jasmine Johnson, President of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement

“My New Year’s resolution is to create a more balanced, healthy lifestyle that includes personal care, activism, family and educational trips. I want to visit historic African American sites across the United States; in addition to planning my first 10 book tour of the city designed to empower students and educators. After the release of my second book, “Let’s Talk about the School to Prison Pipeline”, I decided to focus on more on supporting our youth and educators in the new year, so I will be targeting various schools, colleges and communities to discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, inclusive classrooms and justice practices Overall, I want to continue to inspire others and build a healthy and happy life with my husband and children. “

Melissa Link, Athens-Clarke County District 3 Commissioner

“I’m not the type to take resolutions, but the last few years, and in particular this year, have been terribly difficult in addition to the many challenges of the pandemic. Personal and family health problems, the deaths too early of many. friends, and the recent loss of my precious doggie, who had been the center of my universe for over 16 years, finely tuned me into the delicate nature of this deadly coil. With that in mind, I decide to focus on the healing of both body and mind by seeking the things in life that bring true joy: spending quality time with those you love, appreciating the wonders of this natural world, bringing kindness and love beauty at every opportunity, and find laughter whenever possible. “

Carol Myers, Athens-Clarke County District 8 Commissioner

“My 2022 resolution is simple: keep my commissioner email ‘under control’ and respond to as many emails from the public as possible. For now, that means catching up (responding and filing) the 1039 emails in my inbox – 374 from outside the government and 1039 with the suffixes On top of that, I’ll do my best to do all my commissioner duties each month by reading our lengthy reports on the agenda (regularly 500-800 pages), think critically about each agenda item, ask questions and make the best possible decisions for the community at large and for District 8. The fun part of my job is to meet with district and community members who have a concern or a project they are working on. I will do as much as possible, making sure to leave enough time for the work of reading the e -mails and agenda lied onne previously.

Ps. And I will find a better form of bicycle riding. “”

Ovita Thornton – Athens-Clarke County District 9 Commissioner

“My personal resolution is not just to keep thanking my family, but to show it more. My work resolution is to be more organized and to find was to objectively evaluate my work. My commission resolution to educate and organize my constituents and citizens on how to get the government to work for them.

Allison Wright – Athens-Clarke County District 4 Commissioner

“Every year one of my New Year’s resolutions is to stop biting my nails. I decide that 2022 is the year I will subscribe to this terrible and unsanitary impulse.”

Requests for New Year’s resolutions have been sent to dozens of local leaders and officials. The responses listed were provided to the Banner-Herald by the deadline.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: New Year’s Resolutions 2022 from 12 Athens Community Leaders