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A Progressive Agenda

As mayor of Clarkston, Ted has successfully overseen the implementation of a bold, progressive agenda including a $15 minimum wage for city employees, making election day a holiday, the decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, and a commitment for Clarkston to utilize 100 percent clean
energy by 2050.


Ted Terry currently serves as the Mayor of the most ethnically diverse square mile in America: Clarkston, Georgia. Ted is the youngest Mayor in Clarkston’s 135-year history. With more than 17 years of experience in public service, Ted is leading Clarkston’s vision to become a more welcoming and compassionate community.

While earning a Food Science and Human Nutrition degree, Ted worked his way through college as a nursing assistant at a long-term care facility. After graduation, Ted began his work on progressive issues as a canvasser for the Sierra Club. Since then, Ted has dedicated his time to Democratic campaigns working for candidates running for the Georgia State Senate, Congress, the Public Service Commission, and the Local city council and mayoral races  before deciding to become a candidate himself.

Since being elected as the Mayor of Clarkston in 2013, Ted has worked as the Campaign Director for the Georgia AFL-CIO and most recently as the Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club. In addition to his other service, Ted currently serves on the advisory board for the Global Village Project and as a member of the Dekalb County Board of Health.

As mayor of Clarkston, Ted has successfully overseen the implementation of a bold, progressive agenda including a $15 minimum wage for city employees, the decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, an expansion of after school programs, and a commitment for Clarkston to utilize 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Ted has also represented Clarkston at a United Nations meeting on refugee resettlement and at the German Marshall Fund’s Young Policy Network Conference on Migration.

 

“To change anything, we will need everyone.”

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What We’ve Done

 
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  • First Year, First Term

    - Elected Mayor of Clarkston

    - Ended the moratorium on refugee resettlement in Clarkston

    - Passed a resolution making Clarkston an Internationally chartered City of Compassion and an official Welcoming City

    - Became 1 of 4 Georgia Mayors to sign on to the Supreme Court Amicus Brief in support of legalizing gay marriage

  • Groundbreaking Legislation

    - Piloted a city-wide participatory budgeting project.

    - Raised the city employee minimum wage to $15/hour

    - Made Election Day a holiday for city employees

    - Decriminalized simple marijuana possession

    - Helped enact the strictest indoor smoking ordinance in the state

  • Think Global, Act Local

    - Spoke on refugee resettlement issues at the United Nations in New York and in Morocco at the Global Compact on Migration, Mayoral Convention

    - Appointed to serve on the advisory board of the Global Village Project

    - Represented the City of Clarkston as a German Marshall Fund Young Policy Network on Migration Fellow

    - Committed Clarkston to 100 percent clean energy by 2050; Clean Transportation by 2035 for city vehicles

  • Investing in the Future

    - Broke ground on Streetscapes and SPLOST projects, investing millions of dollars into creating a more walkable, bikeable and green commnity

    - Approved the first ever tiny home neighborhood in Georgia

    - Became the third city in Georgia to pass a sweeping Non-Discrimination Ordinance

    - Signed on to the Amicus Brief on LGBTQ+ Employment Discrimination

    - Expanding urban micro-farming ordinances in Clarkston

 

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