A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
Ted Terry for DeKalb Super 6 Commission
As the former mayor of Clarkston, Ted successfully oversaw the implementation of a bold, progressive agenda including a $15 minimum wage for city employees, establishment of election day as a holiday, the decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, and a commitment for Clarkston to utilize 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
Primary Election: May 19, 2020
Ted Terry served as the Mayor of the most ethnically diverse square mile in America: Clarkston, Georgia from January 2014 – March 2020. 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 successfully oversaw 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.
What We've Accomplished
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